Growing up in the ’80s, most of the kids I knew wanted to pilot the awesome American Space Shuttle.¬† We grew up with GI Joe and were fans of the Cobra and Apache Helicopters.¬† And the original¬†Top Gun¬†film set records for Navy recruitment as kids wanted to fly the legendary F-14 Tomcat.

F-14 Tomcat at the National Naval Aviation Museum at Pensacola, Florida
F-14 Tomcat at the National Naval Aviation Museum at Pensacola, Florida

Decades passed and the Space Shuttle program was canceled.  Americans had to use Russian rockets to reach space.  It became a truly depressing time in American Aerospace.

But we are now in the most exciting time since the Apollo missions.  Americans are sending rockets into space in record fashion. NASA has been joined by private organizations like Space X and Blue Origins.  We are once again shooting for the moon.

Then last year the blockbuster film Top Gun: Maverick set new records and once again reinvigorated a new generation with inspiration for flight.

F-18 Hornet at the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida
F-18 Hornet at the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida

Well, it’s in this new and exciting environment that Miami Springs Senior High just teased the launch of their brand new Aerospace Academy.¬† The school teased the following two announcements:

Today marks the dawn of a new era at @mssh_hawks!
@MiamiSprings has always had a rich history of aviation and we are keeping that legacy alive with the Miami Springs Senior High Aerospace Academy!

We are partnering with @EmbryRiddle and @Baker_Aviation to create pathways for our students to launch successful careers in the Aerospace industry!

We love how this brings the relationship between Miami Springs and Aviation even closer.  Miami Springs was founded by Aviation pioneer, Glenn Hammond Curtiss. The legendary inventor, daredevil, and businessman performed the first public flight of at least 1 kilometer with June Bug back on July 4, 1908.  And while the Wright Brothers were first in flight, it was Glenn Curtiss that turned it into an aviation industry.

The Aerospace Academy is scheduled to launch in the 2023-2024 school year.  Many of the details and partnerships are still be worked out, but the strengthening of the relationship with Baker Aviation and the new partnership with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University promise to help future Golden Hawks fly even higher.

Embry‚ÄďRiddle Aeronautical University
Embry‚ÄďRiddle Aeronautical University

We want to thank MSSH Principal, Nelson Gonzalez, and MSSH Professor Nick Acosta for their hard work in turning this exciting idea into a reality.  Well done gentlemen.  Go Hawks!

George T. Baker Aviation Fair
George T. Baker Aviation Fair

For those interested in learning more about the Aerospace Academy at Miami Springs Senior High, contact the school directly at 305.885.3585.

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