Annual aviation event is popular with young and old

Published: Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 03:05 PM.

Admission to the event is free. Concessions will be available for purchase.

“We try to make it a fun outing for a family where they don’t have to spend any money to come out or a lot of money when they’re here,” Ohlensehlen said. “Our hot dogs are only a dollar.”

She said the foundation focuses on providing the children a good time while educating them on the science, technology, mathematics and engineering that goes into aviation.

“That’s our focus, the kids and the future,” she said. “That educational focus is really prevalent right now. It’s outreach and how we can engage students of all ages, from elementary school to college.”

The foundation highlights the history of aviation in North Carolina, starting with the very first flight by the Wright Brothers in 1903 in Kitty Hawk.

“You can see it from Kitty Hawk when aviation started on through to what’s going on now with the F-35 program,” Ohlensehlen said. “It’s mind-blowing some of the technology and how you can even engineer some of these things today. We go from something from somebody laying down on the Wright Flyer with a very small motor and pulling some lines back and forth to what we have going on today with stealth technology and vertical lift. It really is interesting.”

Ohlensehlen said sponsorships are still available for the event.

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