It begins with the Aviation History Educational Center at Springfield Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport.
In an age when we watch movies on telephone screens, the choices for learning and enjoying spare time threaten the future of what, a few short years ago, was sensational news. The days when boys and girls watched, spellbound, from the observation deck as Ozark Airlines DC-3s began their journeys to far away places. . . are history.
Yet, the need for more pilots and support personnel in aviation is a growing concern as current genera-tions transition from the cockpit to retirement status.
The Aviation History Educational Center (AHEC) will address the future by presenting the story and history of aviation and aerospace. From these inspiring stories of tragedy and triumph we will grow dreams.
Our Mission Statement is clear. Our purpose is “to create a learning environment which will enhance the aviation experience for citizens of Central Illinois and beyond.”
The Illinois Aviation Hall of Fame and the Mili-tary Aviation Hall of Fame of Illinois support our effort. We will share their stories.
An effort to bring a futuristic spacecraft flight simulator to Central Illinois, designed to teach math and science, is now underway. We are gathering precious historical artifacts, models, books, periodicals, documents, interviews on digital media, and thou-sands of photographs.
Our Center will be open during scheduled hours that maximize availbility to the public at large. By special arrangement, we will open our doors to visiting schools, conventions, and chartered tour groups who come to see Abraham Lincoln historical sites, and learn more about aviation history than they expected.