Pre-college campers treated as VIPs in recent Piper visit

Published 07.07.2023

Video provided by Thomas D. Inman, associate professor of aviation


Participants in Penn College's pre-college aviation program got a royal reception during last month's visit to the Piper Aviation Museum and the Sentimental Journey Fly-In at the William T. Piper Memorial Airport. Students traveled by bus from the Lumley Aviation Center in Montoursville to the Lock Haven venue. Before entering the museum, they were treated to the Alabama Boys Thrilling Airshow that ends with a Piper Cub landing on a truck. They watched a video documenting the history of Piper and explored the museum, which displays several aircraft restored with help from Penn College students. (One of the planes, a one-of-a-kind Piper PT-1, was owned at one time by the college.) After the tour, the students boarded a wagon towed behind a vintage tractor for a ride on the flight line to get a closer look at the visiting aircraft. Before the end of the ride, Roger Theil, the official Fly-In announcer, talked to the students about aviation as a career and as a hobby.

A second week of Pre-College Summer Programs runs from July 16-20.