St. Boniface fifth- and sixth-graders had the experience of a lifetime when they visited the Rise Above travelling educational exhibit at the Liberty Aviation Museum in Port Clinton.
Students had the opportunity to speak with Tuskegee Airman Dr. Harold Brown, who told of his experiences as a pilot in WWII flying a P-51C Red Tail Mustang and then assisted the students in creating complex paper airplanes for a distance-flying contest.
|Dr. Harold Brown shows Savannah Hetrick how to make
the complex folds of a paper airplane. (Submitted photo)
“Don’t crash and burn!” he called as giggling students watched their creations soar, loop the loop and sail across the room. Dr. Brown autographed the planes, urging the students to stay in school and work hard to earn good grades.
Students then toured the hanger to see the B-17 and B-25 bombers on display and learn of their role in WWII. They also saw and learned about the ongoing restoration of a Ford Trimotor airplane. Afterward, they viewed the film “Rise Above,” about the Tuskegee Airmen skillfully escorting bombers on missions during the war.