MELBOURNE, Fla. (July 21, 2010) — A Delta Air Lines dream flight
touched down at Melbourne International Airport today carrying 180 students from the ACE Academy sponsored by the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP).
The middle- and high-school students from across the country didn’t know their destination before boarding the flight at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, but they soon learned they would spend the day at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.
The group was met by Melbourne International Airport officials on the tarmac and received the VIP treatment on chartered buses that transported them to the next leg of their journey.
The annual academy is a nationally recognized program co-sponsored by a number of organizations including OBAP, Delta Air Lines and the Coca-Cola Company. The Aviation Career Education (ACE) Academy offers students first-level exposure to the aviation industry by providing aviation career exploration to middle- and high-school students.
Academy students learn about aviation history, theory of flight and other aviation-related subjects. Students go on field trips to aviation facilities, museums and participate in other hands-on activities designed to give them a total aviation experience. Each academy includes a Delta dream flight.
This year’s trip to the KSC Visitor Complex included a bus tour of the ISSC/LC 39 Gantry/Apollo Saturn V, 2 IMAX movies and a Visitor Center tour.