Aerospace Camp Ignites Passion for Flight and Honors Tuskegee Airmen Published June 9, 2015 by Ali Sexton


Midwest City, Okla.A future astronaut is training at Rose State College. Or, maybe a fighter pilot, or a B-2 maintainer.  In any case, the whimsical dreams of nineteen students to fly high, reach the stars, or design rocket ships will make the first step to reality next week. 

The third annual camp is a project of a local group of unwavering patriots dedicated to preserving the spirit of the Tuskegee flyboys, with the hope to launch future STEM careers of Oklahoma students.

The members ofthe Charles B. Hall chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc.,are sponsoring their third aerospace camp at Rose State College, beginning June 15.  The program will provide the teenage participants with a broad range of aviation-related activities, including flight simulators, a tour of the FAA Monroney Center and building then launching scaled rocket models. 

Taught by retired Navy Commodore John “Irish” Keilty, the camp is funded through an educational grant of the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission.

While aeronautics is the focus of the annual event, the participants will also learn about the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II.  At the 2014 camp, the featured graduation keynote speaker was original Tuskegee airman, Captain Edward Woodward.

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Photo Opportunity:  Kids Launching Rockets, Thursday, June 18