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Compton flight program event features planes, exotic cars

Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum will display planes, exotic cars, Sunday, to benefit a world record teen flight around the world COMPTON (MNS) — Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum (TAM) will soon send another teenaged pilot aloft, as it has

Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum will display planes, exotic cars, Sunday, to benefit a world record teen flight around the world

COMPTON (MNS) — Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum (TAM) will soon send another teenaged pilot aloft, as it has done many times before, to attempt a record around-the-world solo flight. TAM is hosting a benefit, Sunday, called “CPK” (Cars Planes & Kids) to draw attention to the flight, and to its youth flight-training/aviation program.

The “CPK” event will feature 15 supercars — a Bugatti, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Porsche, and McLaren, wrapped in superhero themes, along with airplanes, helicopters, and drone aircraft, from 12 to 3 p.m. at the Compton Woodley Lewis Airport, 961 W. Alondra Blvd.

Robin Petgrave. Photo: Tomorrow's Aeronautical Museum

Robin Petgrave. Photo: Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum

The event is sponsored by the Taylor Lynn Foundation, California Pizza Kitchen, and TAM, a historical aeronautical museum and STEM school that has instructed children how to fly planes and helicopters for more than 25 years.

TAM founder and Managing Director Robin Petgrave said the event will benefit a global solo flight [by] Compton teenager Isaiah Cooper who’s making a comeback in the program after dropping out when he entered middle school. Cooper had been enrolled since age five in TAM’s after school program.

Cooper’s grades plummeted and he floundered in “self-destructive behavior” while disengaged from the program, said Petgrave, who was happy to add, the young pilot re-enrolled at TAM, which helped him get back on track academically and rekindle his interest in flying.

“The event is also designed “to draw and get local kids interested in flying?” said Petgrave, who added, Cooper will also take flight on Sunday in preparation for his global flight when he reaches his 18th birthday.

Cooper will endeavor to perform a feat similar to famed aviator Charles Lindbergh, who flew the first solo non-stop flight from New York to Paris on May 21-22, 1927,  in a custom-built, single engine, single-seat monoplane called The Spirit of St. Louis.

Lindbergh took off in the Spirit from Roosevelt AirfieldGarden City (Long Island), New York and landed 33 hours, 30 minutes later at Aéroport Le Bourget in Paris, France — a distance of approximately 3,600 miles.

Cooper global flight will exceed Lindbergh’s trans-Atlantic flight when he attempts to set a world record when he departs from Compton’s Woodley Lewis Airport in a kind of “Spirit of Compton” solo around-the-globe exploit.

Lindbergh accomplished his feat in one of the best-known aircraft in the world at the time —The Spirit of St. Louis, which was built by Ryan Airlines in San Diego, Calif., owned and operated by Benjamin Franklin.

Cooper will be flying in a historic one-seater aircraft, himself — a restored  P-51 Mustang-Red Tail fighter aircraft that distinguished itself during World War II over Nazi Germany, piloted by the fabled Tuskegee Airmen in bomber escort missions for U.S. B-25 Stratofortress.

The event is free to the public and complimentary free lunch will be served by California Pizza Kitchen as supplies last. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early.

For more information call( 310) 618-1155, or visit www.tamuseum.org

 

 

 

 

Jarrette Fellows, Jr. is Publisher and Editor of Compton Herald. He attended junior and senior high school in Compton, and is an alumnus of California State University, Los Angeles.

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