Engaging youth in the aerospace and industrial trades.

Field Trips

This Kittyhawk Academy leverages educational field trips to expand the learning experience of our students and volunteers. Students travel with staff and volunteers to museums, airshows, WWII veteran reunions, parades and other interesting locations where they are exposed to real-world aviation heritage, heroes and American history.

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During an educational field trip to AirVenture Lt. Col. Dick Cole told stories of the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo in 1942.
Students Logan and Aiden traveled with Mr. Mihalek and Mr. Trainor on a field trip to visit the Airforce Museum in Dayton Ohio. In the background is the famous NAA XB70.
Youth Anthony with Director Patrick pretending to be pilots in the Russian B-25 during the recovery expedition in 2015. The skills Anthony learned during our mentorship program earned him the right to travel to Nome Alaska for this recovery.

The field trips and the Kittyhawk Academy program is offered at no cost to the students. This is made possible through grants from private foundations, corporate sponsorship, individual contributions, fundraisers and merchandise sales.

We traveled to Kansas City to participate in the Bomber Builder Reunion where we met "Rosie the Riveters” that built B-25 aircraft during WWII. Pictured is Patrick Mihalek with “Rosie” Mary Lou White and students Aiden and Anthony.
During a field trip to Milford, Michigan to participate in the Memorial Day parade, four of our students act as docents for the Museum’s bombardier glass nose.
During a field trip to Thunder of Michigan students Anthony and Logan pictured with Director Patrick Mihalek and a very rare PB4Y-2 Privateer from WWII.

Occasionally a trip may include working experience during which the students are allowed to use the mechanical skills they’ve learned at the Academy to help repair or disassemble a historic aircraft. During recovery trips to Alaska two student each spent one week unbolting, drilling, and preparing a B-25 aircraft for shipment to museum facilities in Michigan.

Many current students attended the 75th Anniversary commemoration of the 1942 Doolittle Raid that took place at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Four students were invited to fly in several of the seventeen B-25s that flew in formation during the ceremonial fly-by. A very rare and memorable experience for those four students.

Youth from the Nome AK, NACTEC academy, plus youth Anthony, Todd and Patrick. The NACTEC youth spent 4 days with the Warbirds of Glory crew recovering the Russian B-25.
With our B-25 bombardier nose, youths Aiden and Sarah in WWII era clothing at a field trip to Oshkosh 2016.
Six of our students participated in the Memorial Day parade representing the Academy and the Museum. The Milford parade is special because it is exclusively about honoring our veterans and fallen heroes.

We have traveled to the reunion of the WWII 57th Bomb Wing. Students were able to hear first-hand the stories of pilots and crew members during raids against Nazi military targets. Many of our youth participate in parades for Memorial Day and Independence Day.

Annually, we travel to Oshkosh Wisconsin to attend the AirVenture convention and airshow with our older students. In addition to spending time attending our booth and promoting our mission, the students get a chance to explore, learn, and experience aviation at the world’s largest aviation convention. Typically four to six of our youth are able to attend this annual field trip.

Patrick Mihalek (Museum Director) and student Alex get a very rare opportunity to take a “selfie” with 17 B-25s in the background at the Doolittle Anniversary reunion.
Eight of our youth during an educational field trip to Dayton, Ohio for the 75th anniversary of the Doolittle raid on Tokyo in 1942.
During a field trip to Kansas City for the Bomber Builder's reunion, Director Patrick Mihalek and students Anthony and Aiden visit a memorial built to honor those American who built B-25 Mitchells from 1942 to 1945.

The Kittyhawk Academy, a branded program and DBA of the Warbirds of Glory Museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The museum/academy was established in 2013 and received its IRS nonprofit designation in 2014. It is governed by a board of four trustees and is organized in Michigan as a non-voting membership organization with 115 current members including 25 lifetime members. All youth programs are offered at no cost to the students. Our programs are funded by foundation grants, private donations, corporate sponsorships, membership dues and merchandise sales.

Students entering the program begin working with mentors with simple and basical mechancial concepts that are universal to nearly all the trades.