Today I had a great time sharing the plane with members of the local Boy Scout Troop. It was fun to teach them about the Tuskegee Airmen and about aviation in general. Our local Saint Joseph’s Troop members were surprised when the priest showed up. I made him promise he would include the Tuskegee Airmen into one of his next sermons.
I think I brought Father Paul a bit closer to God. I just hope it was due to a spiritual experience and not a near death one! All kidding aside, he had a great time. I think it is good for community leaders from priests, to military or political leaders to know history and understand the role the Tuskegee Airmen had.
At the end of the meeting we randomly selected one of the Boy Scouts to go up for a short ride. I can only imagine the apprehension and excitement a young boy would have with this opportunity. Fortunately for him, my goal is to promote aviation, not destroy it. I gave him a nice ride and he really enjoyed it. When asked about it, he said it made “all his stress and worries go away.” Maybe he understands more than anybody how I feel when I fly the plane.