Wright Flight: the right way to learn to flyby Carolyn Classen on Jul. 05, 2011, under Life, Sports
Wright Flight, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation which was founded in 1986 in Tucson, Arizona by Robin Stoddard.
Robin, an Air Force Reserve fighter pilot, noted the profound effect that airplanes have on youngsters. He decided to use that interest to motivate kids to do better in school. Working almost single-handedly at first, he developed the program materials and organized a group of volunteers and pilots to teach the program and ultimately to fly the graduating students.
Since its humble beginnings, the program has grown significantly in both scope and size, with over 750 successful students graduating in the Tucson area during this school year and approximately 10,500 since its inception. New chapters are springing up across the country in addition to the Tucson headquarters and the Phoenix branch. North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, Kansas, Missouri, Massachusetts and Florida have proven successful with their chapters.
One of Wright Flight’s more famous graduates is Jessica Cox, an amazing Tucsonan born without arms, whom I wrote about previously (click here). Jessica was approached by Robin Stoddard to learn how to fly, and she accomplished it, as she does many other feats.
And Robin has been nominated for Goodman’s “Eye for the Good Guy” award (among 10 other finalists), so vote for him by July 15 by clicking here. Congratulations Robin for being one of the finalists – quite an honor! Robin was a top fighter pilot in the United States Air Force, also served three combat tours in Iraq and two tours in Afghanistan, and was the recipient of the Bronze Star and Air Medal in Afghanistan.
For more information about Wright Flight, www.wrightflight.org.
Wright Flight, Inc. is located at:
7075 S. Plumer Ave., #14
Tucson, AZ 85756-6926
Phone: (520) 294-0404
Fax: (520) 294-9011
Executive Director Robin Stoddard:
It’s programs like these that make our country one of the best.
So if you have a youngster who wants to learn to soar, contact Wright Flight right away!