Urbana teen receives NAHA flight scholarship on 110th anniversary of first powered flight

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December 17, 2013

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DAYTON, Ohio—Brandon White, 17, of Urbana, received the second annual Mitchell Cary-Don Gum Memorial Aviation Scholarship on Tuesday, Dec. 17, exactly 110 years after the Wright brothers’ first powered flights.

National Aviation Heritage Area Chair Frank Winslow presented the NAHA flight scholarship during the annual first flight anniversary ceremony at the Wright Brothers Memorial on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

The flight scholarship pays for up to $1,500 of instruction toward a light sport or private pilot’s certificate.

Currently a senior at Urbana High School, Brandon is also enrolled in the Ohio Hi-Point Career Center’s Aviation Occupations Satellite located at Grimes Field-Urbana Municipal Airport. He has completed a private pilot ground school and is taking private pilot lessons at Mad River Air on Grimes Field. Brandon also volunteers at the Champaign Aviation Museum, where he is helping to restore a B-17 bomber.

“He hopes not only to learn how to fly but also how to maintain airplanes,” Winslow said.

Wright “B” Flyer Inc. President Phil Beaudoin also presented Brandon with an Honorary Aviator membership to Wright “B” Flyer, which is based at Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport in Miami Twp. The Honorary Aviator membership includes a free orientation flight on the Wright “B” Flyer, a modern lookalike of a 1911 Wright Model B airplane.

NAHA created the flight scholarship to memorialize the late Mitch Cary and Don Gum, Wright “B” Flyer trustees and volunteer pilots who died in an aircraft accident in 2011.

“With this scholarship, the National Aviation Heritage Alliance hopes to create new pilots and by doing so honor our association with Mitch Cary and Don Gum and how they befriended us, as they pursued their passion for flying,” Winslow said.

The ceremony honors Wilbur and Orville Wright of Dayton, who built the first successful powered airplane in their west Dayton bicycle shop and flew it at Kitty Hawk, N.C. on Dec. 17, 1903.

About NAHA

The National Aviation Heritage Alliance (NAHA) is a private, not-for-profit corporation designated by Congress as the management entity of the National Aviation Heritage Area. NAHA’s vision is to sustain the legacy of the Wright brothers and make the Dayton region the recognized global center of aviation heritage and premier destination for aviation heritage tourism. The National Aviation Heritage Area is one of 49 National Heritage Areas in a program administered by the National Park Service. It encompasses eight Ohio counties—Montgomery, Greene, Miami, Clark, Warren, Champaign, Shelby and Auglaize. Visit www.aviationheritagearea.org to learn more about NAHA.