Man Uses Model Airplanes To Teach Kids About Flight


Saturday, September 15th 2007, 9:44 pm
By: News On 6


A Tulsa man is taking the story of the Wright Brothers on the road to teach children about flight. The News On 6’s Emory Bryan reports Dennis Michael believes his mission is to teach children about their destiny and finding their purpose.

"My heart is out for children, to see them grow and follow their dreams,” said Dennis Michael, captain of the GodSpeed flight team.

Michael is the captain of the GodSpeed flight demonstration team. The skilled pilots fly electric model airplanes inside a gymnasium, for a program about aviation they're taking to schools across the country.

"And I started flying models as a kid and it grew ultimately into an occupation," Michael said.

On Saturday Michael and his team visited a Christian children’s club in Bixby, where they focus on the faith and inspiration of the Wright Brothers.

"Orville and Wilbur believed they could fly and they took their gifts and talents and their faith in God and they changed the world forever," Michael said.

The pilots keep the children watching as they fly airplanes in a dogfight. A net protects the children just in case something goes wrong.

"Because of the attention span of a child, very short, we do the flying which grabs their attention and we stop and we speak to them," said Michael.

The children learned about the Wright Brothers first airplane, and how their father, a minister, helped inspire them to do more than build bicycles.

"We use that story to inspire kids to follow their dreams, to never give up and to take their special gifts and talents as part of their purpose and destiny in life," Michael said.

To learn more about the GodSpeed flight team visit their website, www.gogodspeed.com

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