Over the years, the aviation industry has had a shortage of pilots and mechanics according to a board member of the Dakota Territory Air Museum.
That’s why the air museum is trying to inspire people at a young age to look into this career.
And they’re doing it from a thousand feet in the air.
It’s can be hard to know what you want to be when you grow up – but when you get to try the job as a 5th and 6th grader, it’s something that will stick in your mind for years to come.
“Whoa look out the window,” said Christopher Stanley.
“They’ve created a memory here in that experience,” said Michelle Sarri, Board Member, Dakota Territory Air Museum.
“We have lift off,” said Stanley.
Christopher Stanley is a 5th Grader and he’s been looking forward to this for awhile.
“Whoa the city looks so so tiny,” said Stanley.
He and several other kids participated in a week long camp that taught them everything about aviation – the science, history, and the careers. Once they finished the classroom work – it was time to take the learning to the sky.
“They kind of look like ants,” said Stanley.
This wasn’t Christopher’s first time flying but as you can tell, it was like the first time all over again.
“Ok now things are starting to get slightly bigger,” said Stanley.
Once the flight ended –
“Now we’re on the ground,” said Stanley.
He knew he was ready to go right back up.
“It was so fun. Everything looked so super tiny. So cool, so super cool,” said Stanley.
And he wasn’t the only one who felt that way.
“Just the experience of getting up in an airplane was amazing,” said Max Kissner.
“I liked to be in the airplane because you could look down and see everything,” said Emily Carnley.
So, when it comes time to decide what they want to do as a grown up they might remember this experience and choose to be join the aviation industry.
Each student got to fly in the plane for 15 minutes.