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First Officer helps ignite passion for aviation

First Officer Stephanie J. is a dedicated, Detroit-based employee with a passion for exposing youth to the wonders of flight.

She volunteered her time this week to give back to the community as she helped transport more than 150 students, ages 14-18, on Delta’s annual Dream Flight from Atlanta to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. This was the airline’s 16th annual event in partnership with the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals.

Stephanie has volunteered her time for the past five years to attend the annual event, serving as a constant role model for young aviation enthusiasts. She accompanied the students throughout the day as they marveled at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force and toured a C-17 Globemaster cargo aircraft at the base.

Delta co-sponsors OBAP's Aviation Career Education camp and Flight Line summer programs for teenagers who have an interest in pursuing careers in aviation. The ACE camp provides students with a unique, behind-the-scenes opportunity to experience the operations at an airline. The focus of the program is to teach students aviation history, aerodynamics, meteorology, navigation and flight simulator orientation with qualified flight instructors.

Select graduates from ACE Camp are invited back the following year to participate in Flight Line, an in-depth program that focuses specifically on pilot training and allows students to perform solo flights during their week-long training.

As part of the final week of training, all camp students as well as students from aviation programs across the U.S. are transported on the Dream Flight to a daylong field trip at a major aviation facility.