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Colorado Aviation History At Next Estes Valley Library Family Night


Library-AirplanesThe Estes Valley Library invites families with children in kindergarten through fifth grade and interested community members to their family night on Tuesday, February 26th, at 6:30 p.m. in the Hondius Room of the public library. Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum’s speaker’s bureau will present Colorado Aviation History: Colorful Characters, Interesting Exploits.

Chuck Stout will present a narrated slide show detailing the history of aviation, both civil and military, in Colorado. Chuck has been an active general aviation pilot for 39 years. He is also the director of the Colorado Aerospace History Project. He also enjoyed careers as a museum exhibit designer, small businessman and engineer.

Did you know that the very first American flying ace started out as a cowboy from Sterling, Colorado? Or that in the 1950s, our Colorado Air National Guard had a precision jet demonstration team that rivaled the Navy’s Blue Angels and the Air Force Thunderbirds? Our state produced one of the original seven Mercury astronauts and the first female pilot for a major U.S. airline. Colorado has been home to pioneers in every aspect of aviation and space exploration, from engineers and designers to executives and astronauts. These men and women have started airlines, set records, and created life-saving technologies like ejection seats and aerial ambulance service. When we look beyond their accomplishments, these men and women turn out to be real people, much like you and me. Their stories are our stories.

Come join Chuck Stout to explore a few of the more interesting tales from our state’s rich aerospace legacy. Our audience might include an aerospace hero of the next generation—that person might even be you! This program supports the Estes Park School’s S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education. Space is limited. Sign up by calling the library at 586-8116.

The Estes Valley Library’s family night events are great for all ages and offer participants an opportunity to spend quality family time together in a fun, educational environment. All family nights are open to the public and are free of charge.

For a description of upcoming programs visit the library’s website at www.estesvalleylibrary.org.

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