On Saturday, 26 March 2022, Legacy Flight Academy™ (LFA) hosted its signature Eyes Above the Horizon™ event at the historic Moton Field in Tuskegee, Alabama. Over 80 students participated in the event at the home of the heroic Tuskegee Airmen. LFA last conducted their one-day outreach program here in 2019, which featured original Tuskegee Airmen Brigadier General Charles McGee.
“We were so excited to hear that this program was coming to Alabama,” said Michelle Adams, mother of a participant from Mobile. “My husband, son, and I got up at 3 AM to drive here to have this opportunity.” Students from throughout the region were able to experience the thrill of flight at Moton Field, most of them flying for the first time. Students also had the opportunity to meet and receive mentorship from the military and commercial airline pilots.
Kenneth Thomas, LFA™ President and founder of Eyes Above the Horizon™ talked about the partnership and teamwork that is required to make these events happen. “The Red Tail Scholarship Foundation and Box Aviation flew a lot of the students and we were also able to tour the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site as a part of our character lessons.” Boeing conducted a STEM workshop and Aviation Supplies and Academics, Inc. provided their “Plotting Your Course” brochure to serve as the background from the college and career lessons during program.
“You just never know the impact you will have,” said Dean Hall, Eyes Above the Horizon™-Tuskegee, Event Manager. “I met a little kid five or six years ago at an Eyes Above the Horizon™ event, and his parents found me today to share that he plans on going to the US Air Force Academy to become a pilot. This is why we do what we do.”
“I am so thankful for all those who support LFA in accomplishing our mission” said Kenyatta Ruffin, original LFA™ Founder and 2020 Brigadier General Charles E. McGee Aviation Inspiration Award recipient. “When I think about how LFA started 10 years ago, the impact we’re currently making, and where we will be 10 years from now, I can’t help but to be motivated.” In February of this year, LFA conducted their largest program ever in Charleston, SC where they flew 114 youth in collaboration with the Air Force’s “Accelerating the Legacy Black History Month event.”
LFA™ conducts programs across the nation to showcase STEM and aerospace career opportunities to youth from underserved and underrepresented communities. LFA™ relies on the support of the generous donors, sponsors and community members to make these events happen. Legacy Flight Academy™ will be conducting its annual Tuskegee99™ fundraiser on April 9th and is making plans for the next Eyes Above the Horizon™ event.
“Teamwork makes the dream work” said Ruffin and Thomas at the end of another successful event.