Lt. Col. Luke Weathers Jr. Flight Academy Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

OBAP to launch Luke Weathers Flight Academy with ribbon cutting ceremony and Memphis area youth

WHAT: Lt. Col. Luke Weathers Jr. Flight Academy Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

WHEN: Wednesday, June 20, 2018, 11:30 am

WHERE: 8420 Hacks Cross Road, Olive Branch, MS, 38654

Memphis, TN (June 5, 2018) – The Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP) is cutting the ribbon on the Lieutenant Colonel Luke Weathers Jr. Flight Academy, a new facility with plans to increase diversity of the airline industry by 50 pilots per year within the next five years.

Named for the first African American air traffic controller for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Lt. Col. Luke Weathers Jr. Flight Academy (LWFA) will offer Far 141 and 161 Flight Training, JET Transition Training, a Maintenance and Air Traffic Control Academy, UAV Pilot Training, Air Force Candidate Flight Training and a Military Rotor Fixed Wing Transition program for helicopter pilots seeking to broaden their skillset.

On June 25, 1945 Lt. Col. Weathers Jr. became the first African American to receive the key to the City of Memphis declaring the day “Luke Weathers, Jr. Day.”

The establishment of the LWFA offers training opportunities for students from Memphis area schools, and beyond, who possess a desire to fly. The ribbon cutting ceremony also coincides with “fly day” where 50 Memphis area students from the organization’s Memphis Aviation Career Education (ACE) Academy, now in it’s 26th year, and from the East High School T-Stem Academy will experience orientation flights.

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About The Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP)

Founded in 1976, OBAP is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the encouragement and advancement of minorities in all aviation and aerospace careers.  The robust, and diverse, organization is on a mission to inspire excellence, Support, Transform, Educate and Mentor members and youth with opportunities in the aerospace industry from cradle to career. For more information visit



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