St. Boniface students visit “Rise Above” exhibit

Dr. Harold Brown shows Savannah Hetrick (right) and Meghan Glenn how to make the complex folds of a paper airplane.

St. Boniface of Oak Harbor fifth and sixth graders had the experience of a lifetime when they visited the Rise Above travelling educational exhibit at the Liberty Aviation Museum in Port Clinton. The program began as students had the chance to talk with Tuskegee Airman Dr. Harold Brown. Dr. Brown told of his experiences as a pilot in WWII flying a P-51C Red Tail Mustang and then assisted the students in creating complex paper airplanes for a distance-flying contest. 

“Don’t crash and burn!” Brown called as giggling students watched their creations soar, loop the loop and sail across the room. Dr. Brown autographed the planes, urging the students to stay in school and work hard to earn good grades.

Students then toured the hanger to see the B-17 and B-25 bombers on display and learn of their role in WWII, and see and hear about the ongoing restoration of a Ford Tri-motor airplane. They then viewed the film “Rise Above” about the Tuskegee Airmen skillfully escorting bombers on missions during the war. At the end of the day students had the opportunity to walk through a piece of history as they went inside a B-17. 

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