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KidVenture to Feature Chapter-built Mock B-25 Cockpit

  • KidVenture to Feature Chapter-Built Mock B-25 Cockpit
    A B-25 cockpit mock-up built by EAA chapters in Colorado will be among the new features at AirVenture’s KidVenture this year.
  • KidVenture to Feature Chapter-Built Mock B-25 Cockpit
    Two future aviators shape wooden propellers, courtesy of Hartzell Propeller, at KidVenture 2014.
July 18, 2015 - EAA’s KidVenture, presented by Covington Aircraft, will continue to be a one-stop exploration spot at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015, providing young people with fun, hands-on aviation learning experiences. Located at Pioneer Airport across from the EAA AirVenture Museum, KidVenture offers a variety of activities, from the Young Eagles flight education area to electric RC and control line flying, for parents and children of all ages to experience together.

“We try to give kids a flavor of what aviation is all about, from the mechanic side, from the construction side,” said Dan Majka, who has served as chairman since KidVenture’s founding in 1999. “Our hope is that maybe we can inspire some of these children to become A&Ps or aviation artists or aviation historians.”

New to KidVenture this year is the nose section of a B-25 bomber built by youths in Colorado with the help of a local EAA chapter. Volunteers from Colorado will teach children about the different positions, such as pilot, copilot, and bombardier. Then, Majka said, children will have the chance to sit in the nose section of the bomber and “fly” a simulated mission. Those who complete the mission will receive a set of silver wings.

Tying in with EAA AirVenture 2015’s space theme, KidVenture will showcase an actual-size replica of the Mercury 7 space capsule navigated by John Glenn. The replica will be supplemented with a video of the spaceship’s flight into space, and kids can sit in it.

Also featured will be a replica of the famous flying DeLorean from the Back to the Future movie series.

“We offer kids the opportunity to do things they wouldn’t be able to do in their hometown or local area,” Majka said.

The Future A&P mechanics booths are especially exciting because those who complete activities at every booth will receive two hours of official FAA credit toward an A&P certificate, as well as a toolkit and Future A&P pin.

There’s much more in store at KidVenture, which is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Grab a shuttle at the Bus Park and you’re well on your way!
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