The CAF WWII Air Expo’s Education Day will offer interactive programs and activities, including the CAF Rise Above exhibit. Special guests, including World War II veterans and Jamail Larkins, president and CEO of Ascension Aviation and a 2014 Forbes 30 Under 30, will meet with the students.
“CAF’s Education Day is a wonderful opportunity for local students to learn more about aviation and American history,” said Stephan Brown, president and CEO of the Commemorative Air Force. “We will have 20 of the most historic planes from World War II on site to make this a truly interactive, hands-on experience. Just as importantly, the students will meet with World War II veterans and CAF members to hear their first-hand accounts of the war and that era.”
The CAF WWII Air Expo’s Education Day will give students the opportunity to tour bomber cockpits and watch the warplanes take to the skies. Education Day will also include the CAF Red Tail Squadron’s Rise Above Traveling Exhibit, a 160° panoramic screen movie theater that highlights the courage and determination of the Tuskegee Airmen, who overcame obstacles to train and fight as U.S. Army Air Corps pilots.
“The 332nd fighter group was the first unit of all African American military aviators in the U.S. Armed Forces,” said Brown. “As bomber escorts during World War II, the Tuskegee Airmen, as they were called, fought valiantly for the freedom of their country. Their amazing legacy is told in a truly compelling way through the Rise Above Traveling Exhibit. Unlike any other exhibit, Rise Above will give local students a front row seat to an important part of our country’s history.”
Students will also have the opportunity to meet with Larkins during Education Day. Larkins was called an “Aerospace Mogul in the Making,” by Inc. Magazine and is the first ambassador for Aviation & Space Education for the FAA.
The CAF WWII Air Expo will be held Oct. 3-5 at Dallas Executive Airport, located at 5303 Challenger Drive in Dallas. Admission to the Expo is $15 for adults and $5 for children ages 6 through 17. Children age 5 and under can attend for free. Admission tickets can be purchased at the gate. Parking is free.
Airplane ride reservations may be made in advance online at www.AirPowerExpo.org or at the event.