Today we headed up to the Museum of Flight to see the planes that were flown in WWI and WWII. Students had a chance to see planes we’ve been reading about. The book Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith came to life as we saw the Curtis JN-4D “Jenny” that the protagonist in the story, Ida Mae learns to fly in.
Students got to see the Link trainer that was featured in the novel and check out the special WASP exhibit (Women Airforce Service Pilots). Seeing images of Jackie Cochran and Nancy Love was very inspiring.
We were thrilled to learn that one of our docents flew in a B-29 from Saipan to Japan on over 35 missions. He tells a story of how his crew “ditched” a plane in the Pacific and were soon rescued. It was an honor to meet him.