Wanted: Children ages 11 or older to help fly the Spirit of St. Louis across the Atlantic.
WHEN: Generally the first Saturday in August, young pilots will attempt to repeat Charles Lindbergh’s historic flight. Takeoff, Saturday at 7:52 AM; landing mid afternoon the next day. Pilots and families should arrive 40 minutes early, ready to fly.
WHERE: Mediatech Foundation, on 118 Main Street (2nd Floor) in Flemington, NJ.
Sign up at the front desk of the Flemington Free Public Library. In order to fly, children and parents must agree to the following:
• A photo and media release form just be signed.
• An adult must be willing to stay with the child all weekend.
• Pilots and parents must attend a flight orientation session to be held Friday at 4 PM at Mediatech, August 5.
ABOUT THE FLIGHT:
They will fly a historically correct digital replication of the Spirit of St. Louis, using a flight simulator in current real time weather conditions, from Long Island New York to Paris France. The computer will be equipped with a force-feed joystick and a GPS. Similar attempts have been made; only one successfully despite tipping a wing on landing (the plane survived). Most times, the Spirit of St. Louis crashes into the icy ocean due to weather, fatigue or fuel issues. We invite you to come witness the events, bring the pilots a cookie, and try flying the plane yourself!
COME AND WATCH THE FLIGHT!!
Takeoff, Saturday 7:52 AM the pilots will gun their virtual engine and try to take off with 451 gallons of virtual fuel, exactly when Lindberg did. They’ll fly through the day and night trying to dodge real storms to stay alive. Former pilots will be on hand to provide advice. Landing, Sunday in the afternoon. Depending on the weather, the flight should last between 30 to 34 hours, with a landing at Le Bourget Field in Paris France at 4:00 PM EST. The public is welcome to witness the landing.
WANT TO FLY? Pilot teams are being made. Recommended age is 12-up; parents are required to stay with children at all times; pilots will be locked in during evening hours. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in volunteering.
FOLLOW THE FLIGHT PROGRESS ON TWITTER The pilots will be tweeting progress at @mediatechflight Visit www.mediatech.org for more information.