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CAM News           
Inspiring future generations...                                                Third Quarter 2016

From the Director

In the last week, the museum has been mourning the loss of our founder, Floyd Wilson. Floyd and his wife Lois had a vision to create an aviation museum that could enrich this community and preserve the aviation history of the Carolinas. We are very thankful for people like them who have a dream, and work tirelessly and selfishly to make it a reality for so many others to enjoy.   As the museum continues to grow into the future, we will honor the legacy of Floyd and Lois by making this the world class museum that they envisioned, and educate and inspire future generations to follow their dreams and to write aviation's next chapter.

Still time to plan for August education events!

Carolinas Aviaton Museum focuses on education and we still have openings for August.  Make plans to bring your young aviators to the museum so that they can begin to write aviation's next chapter!    

Birds + Planes= Snarge    August 6th - 11pm - 2pm (rising 5th-6th graders)

This workshop uses the Miracle on the Hudson as a case study.  Campers learn why birds are an issue for airport operations and what measures are put in place to prevent challenges.  They also learn about how airplanes are made to protect against bird strikes, focusing on jet engine testing.  $25 for members - $35 for non-members 
The Sky is Not the Limit: Careers in Aviation  August 13th - 11pm - 2pm

(rising 5th - 6th graders)

Campers learn about exciting careers in the aviation industry from the people who are doing them. This workshop covers a variety of STEM- based aviation careers and features special guest speakers, including a visit from the airport fire department truck and the local police helicopter.   $25 for members - $35 for non-members 

Girls STEM Camps  

Thanks to a generous grant from United Technologies the museum is starting to pilot a new program meant to inspire girls. The Girls STEM program is a hands-on educational opportunity targeting middle school girls. The goal of the program is to provide a fun, yet educational experience giving participants the opportunity to learn more about aviation and aerospace opportunities, inspire students to study STEM and to demonstrate exciting career opportunities in these fields in hopes that students in this underrepresented population will pursue STEM related careers. 

 Click Here >>> to learn more about these programs. 
 Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Celebrates Anniversary

The NASM first opened in July of 1976 as a gift

to the nation during America's bicentennial year.  The museum's 40th anniversary celebration started on July 1st with an "All Night at the Museum" celebration featuring tours, interviews, music by the US Air Force Band and a grand reopening of the newly renovated Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall.
  For those who couldn't attend the event, they could watch it on the museum Website.
The Carolinas Aviation Museum is pleased to be an affiliate of the Smithsonian NASM.

Harriet Quimby - Aviation Pioneer

If you haven't been to the Carolinas Aviation Museum store recently, you're in for a pleasant surprise.  The store has a new look and lots of new aviation related products including the new biography of Harriet Quimby - Flying Fair Lady (2016) by Leslie Kerr.

This is a fascinating biography of one of the most influential but forgotten aviators of the time.  She was a very beautiful and highly intelligent woman who challenged the Victorian views by breaking out and living her short life of only 37 years on her own terms. 

Although Harriet Quimby was one of 10 children, only she and one older
sister survived.  She grew up on a farm, but thanks to her mother's encouragement she had a desire for adventure and a talent for writing. This combination allowed her to do the things she loved and write about the experience to inspire others. 

At the end of the 19th century, women were considered to be physically and intellectually inferior therefore unable to operate machinery, vote, be active in politics, work in factories, etc. Their roles were domestic. Most women went along (willingly or unwillingly) with these expectations and were content to remain in the background.
Harriet Quimby wasn't like most women. Going against all expectations, she became the first women to use a typewriter, first to purchase a car, first to earn her drivers license, and the first to use a camera to enhance her stories as a journalist.

She was also: 
  •  First female brand spokesperson for an American advertising program

     (Armour Meat Packing Company's new grape flavored Vin Fiz soft Drink)
  •  First female in US to earn a pilot's license (#37) (second in the world).
  •  First American female to cross the English Channel.
  •  First to design her own flying attire which included a hood instead of a helmet.
In addition to her journalism and professional photography career, she became friends with actors and directors in the new motion picture industry. Not only did she act in a few motion pictures, she wrote scripts for several films.  Harriet was truly not held back by traditional expectations.

Her aviation interest developed from a visit to the Statue of Liberty Race at Belmont Park race track in October of 1910. 

 Savoia Marchetti S.56 Flying-Boat - Only 3 In the World.

Aircraft at Carolinas Aviation Museum all have unique stories to tell, not only about the aircraft themselves, but about the people who flew them.  An example is the Savoia Marchetti S.56 Flying Boat - an Italian designed aircraft licensed by American Aeronautical Corporation (AAC) on Long Island. 

Although there were 36 aircraft built by AAC, only 2 survived.  One is at Carolinas Aviation Museum and the other will soon be at Kermit Week's Fantasy of Flight in Florida.  The original Italian built aircraft is on display at the Italian Air Force Museum at Vigna di Valle near Rome.

Come out to CAM and see this unique aircraft and read the story of Zachary Smith Reynolds who made his historic flight in a Savoia Marchetti.

Check out the details here   When the link opens, scroll down to the Savoia Marhetti.

Become a Member of Carolinas Aviation Museum!

Support CAM by becoming a member and receive lots of great benefits!  

  • FREE ADMISSION every time you visit us.
  • Free admission to other participating SERM museums.
  • Half off admission for 2 - 4 guests (depending on your membership level).
  • Discounts in the museum store.
Volunteer at CAM  

Do you have a passion for aviation and an interest working with others who share this passion?  If the answer is yes, why not get involved and become a volunteer at CAM.

You don't have to be a pilot or have an aviation background to volunteer. We accept any person over the age of 15 who has good public speaking skills and enjoys working with adults and children of all ages. As a volunteer you will be fully trained and well supported by our professional museum staff.  

Interested?  Learn more here

email Dave at: 
(704) 997-3770 |

Carolinas Aviation Museum | 4672 First Flight Drive | Charlotte | NC | 28208