Thursday, February 25, 2010

Field Trip to the Airport

I had the privilege of accompanying Tobi’s class on their airport field trip today.  The two K2 classes are studying transport this term.  
Upon arriving at school this morning, I was surrounded by many excitable 4-5 year olds ready for some practical experience in the cockpit and a lesson about the various parts of a plane.

Though not well known, Chiang Mai is home to a vintage aircraft museum. Tango Squadron Wing 41 maintains the museum located at the Chiang Mai Airport. 
The museum is located in the part of the airport used by the Royal Thai Air Force. 
The children had a wonderful time climbing in and out of some very old fighter planes, T-28s, a Bronco hanger, a seventy year old plane that had been used for the royal family and a reproduction Nakajima B5N built for the movie Tora,Tora, Tora (about Pearl Harbor). 

It was a fascinating experience for me, as I don’t know a lot about the different models of aircraft.  It was also rewarding to see how Tobi enjoyed the chance to “fly” the planes.  When I asked him where he was flying to, he said “Airport Plaza” a big shopping complex near the airport- that’s my boy!!

The two K2 classes yelling “1,2,3 TANGO!”.

Tobi amongst the girls!! 

Your pilot today... Tobiah Cross!


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