Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum (TAM) in Compton, Calif., will host the 7th annual Aviation Industry Career Expo at Compton Woodley Airport (CPM) on Saturday, May 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cessna Aircraft Co. will sponsor a Learn to Fly Drawing, with the chance to win flight training at a Cessna Pilot Center.
Recruiters with the armed forces, police, sheriff’s and fire departments will be on hand to talk to children and adults alike about future career paths. College and technical school recruiters will also be available. A contingent of Tuskegee Airmen, the legendary World War II African-American fighter pilots, will be available for meet-and-greets and autographs. Exhibitors and aircraft participants will include the U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, EAA Young Eagles, Buffalo Soldiers, Boeing, Santa Monica Museum of Flying, OBAP, CBAA, and many more.
Other attractions include free airplane rides for children sponsored by the EAA Young Eagles program, on a first-come, first-served basis. Airplane rides can also be purchased for $15 and helicopter rides for $25. Numerous food stands will be set up offering a variety of ethnic treats and arts and crafts will be for sale. Cliff’s will sponsor a burrito-eating contest.
The event’s host, Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum, is a non-profit organization that provides after-school programs, tutoring and mentoring for at-risk youth. TAM also allows kids to earn flight lessons through performing community service. Ten of TAM’s program kids have set 12 world records in aviation. This event is made possible in part by the City of Compton Parks & Recreation, CUSD ROP, Warehouse Shoe Sale, and ESPN X Games.
For more information: TAMuseum.org