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Aviation museum to host Flying Challenge students on Friday

Fifty students from Hadley Middle School will spend most of their Friday learning about careers in aviation at the Kansas Aviation Museum as part of the Airbus Flying Challenge Career Day.

Cory Fuqua, the museum’s director of education, said the six-hour visit to the museum is a new component to the 10-week program that exposes students to aviation and pairs them with a mentor who works at Airbus Americas Engineering in Wichita, or is an instructor at Wichita Area Technical College’s National Center for Aviation Training.

The students will be exposed to different career paths in the industry, including in engineering, manufacturing, military aviation and the Federal Aviation Administration, Fuqua said.

They’ll also tour a KC-135 air refueling tanker as well as the museum and its aircraft restoration shop, he said.

The Flying Challenge, launched in 2013, is sponsored by Airbus through the United Way of the Plains.