Boeing has developed a new education and outreach partnership with the American Air Museum and the extension of the Boeing-Air League flying scholarship programme.
The American Air Museum, which is located at the Imperial War Museum at RAF Duxford, UK, houses the largest collection of historic US military aircraft outside of the US including a B-17 Flying Fortress, B-24 Liberator, B-25 Mitchell, B-52 Stratofortress and F-4J Phantom II. From September, 2014, Boeing explains that the new “Partners in Flight” programme will raise awareness of the role American Air Force service personnel played during World War II; encourage young people to continue with science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects; and deliver professional development sessions for teachers.
“RAF Duxford is an important part of the heritage of the partnership between the UK and the US and a site of acute historical importance that Boeing is proud to support,” said Sir Roger Bone, President, Boeing UK. “Boeing’s role as a corporate citizen helps benefit the UK communities in which we live and work and inspire future aerospace leaders through education and participation, as well as support the preservation of the story of those who made such significant sacrifices in conflict.”
In addition, Boeing UK will extend its gliding scholarship programme in partnership with theAir League, to the Academy of Excellence, Haggerston School and City Academy, all based in Hackney, East London, UK. Eight students aged between 15 and 18 have almost completed an intensive training course at the London Gliding Club after receiving scholarships to learn how to fly a glider. “Thanks to Boeing, the Air League is able to offer the opportunity to fly to more and more young people every year,” said Andrew Perkins, Director, Air League.
“The experience of gliding not only challenges the students to learn new skills such as communication and teamwork but exposes them to the world of aviation which may inspire them to consider a career in aerospace in the future.”
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