The plane sat on the runway parked amongst gleaming private jets, the pavement already sticky hot in the humid August sun. The plane, a Cessna 162 Skyliner, is the color of an orange creamsicle, with newly polished wings. Everything looked in place, except for the pilots—a group of middle school girls, some perched on a floral booster seat to see over the plane’s instrument panel.
The newly minted junior aviators were at an airfield in Leesburg, Virginia as part of the Museum’s She Can STEM summer camp. The camp is aimed at introducing aviation to 60 underrepresented middle school girls in the DC metro area. They were about to take off on a discovery flight, with a licensed aviator showing them the literal ups and downs of piloting an aircraft. It would become the first flight the campers would carefully pencil in their brand new pilot’s logs.
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