2017 Memorial Day Fly In

50th Anniversary Celebration

Sponsored by the City of Tuskegee & Golden Eagle Aviation

The Annual Memorial Day Fly-in returns this year with numerous vintage, homebuilt aircraft, airplane rides, warbirds, lots of aviation enthusiasts, food & tours of museum on the field of The Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site.

May 19-20, 2017


Gates open at 9 a.m. on Saturday
Admission is FREE!

1721 General B.O. Davis Jr. Drive, Tuskegee, AL

For more information, call (334) 727-6485

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Aviation Director, Melody Winston Inspires Chicago Teens to “Aim High”

melody-winstonForest Park, Ill. (October 25, 2016) – “Aim High” was the inspiring message delivered by Melody Winston, the vice president of Golden Eagle Aviation (GEA) to over 300 Chicago public high school students who attended GLOBAL STEAM, a one-day business forum hosted by the Common Ground Foundation and held at Google’s Chicago headquarters in the West Loop.

Winston was among several high-profile corporate professionals and mentors who shared their career advice and experiences in the areas of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics, or “S.T.E.A.M.”  The conference also shared career advice from the professions of sports, travel and transportation, education and entertainment, advertising and marketing.

“I commend Common Ground for organizing this important forum to provide students with quality training, education and knowledge about the exciting opportunities in these highly competitive and well-paying fields,” said Winston.  “Our young people, especially in Chicago, need to know that they have a bright future, and that we, from across many disciplines, are here to help them succeed. It was an honor to be a part of GLOBAL STEAM’s effort to excite and empower Chicago-area students to make a difference in their classrooms, communities and the world.”

Ms. Winston has a longstanding commitment to help and encourage young people to aim high and soar for the stars. Each summer at historic Moton Field in Tuskegee, Alabama, Golden Eagle Aviation, an FBO or private jet terminal, partners with the Legacy Flight Academy (LFA), a non-profit organization that conducts character-based youth aviation programs that draw upon the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen. High school students from across the country come to Tuskegee to learn to fly during a two-week flight camp. GEA was founded by Melody’s father, Dr. Bill Winston, a highly decorated former US Air Force fighter pilot and the senior pastor and global ministry leader of a Chicago-area megachurch. 

The founder of the Common Ground Foundation is hip-hop recording artist and movie producer COMMON, who is from Chicago. GLOBAL STEAM was sponsored by Google and the Black McDonald’s Owner/Operator Association (BMOA) of Chicagoland and NW Indiana. For information about Golden Eagle Aviation visit goldeneagleaviation.com. For information about the Legacy Flight Academy summer youth aviation program visit legacyflightacademy.org.



Media Contact
Kim Clay, Director of Communications
(708) 697-6180 or kclay@livingwd.org

2nd Annual Legacy Open House

Both open houses will showcase the exciting and heroic exploits of the Tuskegee Airmen and bring the thrill of flight to visitors of all ages. Students who dream of flying or desire to explore the many career opportunities in aviation and aeronautics are encouraged to come out and have some fun. They will also learn about next year’s Legacy Flight Academy programs.

Thursday, July 14th

Montgomery Regional Air National Guard Base
2 p.m. – 7 p.m.
5187 Selma Highway, Montgomery, AL, 36108
No backpacks, coolers or pets permitted at this event site

Saturday, July 16th

Moton Field, Tuskegee, Alabama
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
1721 Gen. Benjamin O. Davis Drive, Tuskegee, AL, 36083

real plane& exhibit

Experience “Rise Above”

A 160-degree panoramic action-packed movie showcasing the heroic exploits of the Tuskegee Airmen, created by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Adam White of Hemlock Films.

See a P-51D Mustang “Red Nose” Flyer

Up close and personal

Watch an aerial performance

of F-16 Fighting Falcons

Discover career possibilities in aviation and aerospace

with the U.S. Air Force, National Guard and the Reserves

Play and win

Prizes, games and giveaways. Food vendors available.


Visit legacyflightacademy.org or facebook.com/TuskegeeOpenHouse for more details.

49th Annual Tuskegee Airmen Memorial Day Fly-In Weekend

10603886_GFamilies, pilots, military veterans and aviation enthusiasts are gearing-up to enjoy the 49th Annual Memorial Day Fly-In on Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 21 at Moton Field, the historic World War II training ground of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen. This popular event provides a fun and exciting way for kids and adults to experience the thrill of flight and learn more about our country’s military and aviation history! Kick-off your summer fun with this spectacular Fly-In.

On Friday, May 20, begin your weekend celebrating with the City of Tuskegee, Friends of Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, Inc., and the National Park Service, as they commemorate the Tuskegee Airmen’s heroic exploits and their lifetime legacy of honor, courage, valor, excellence and determination. This special day of commemoration activities include: brunch (ticket required), Gospel concert, hangar tours, candlelight memorial service and an awards dinner and presentation (ticket also required for this event).

On Saturday, May 21, Enjoy FREE Fly-In activities for the entire family:

  • Sky-diving demos
  • Airplane rides
  • Water slides
  • Aeronautic displays and Airmen movies
  • Tour of the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site and more

Location and directions:
Tuskegge Airmen National Historic Site, 1616 Chappie James Avenue

Reviving Tuskegee’s spirit of aviation

 gea-magazineOriginally published in The AutoPilot Magazine Southeast edition.

Growing up in Tuskegee, Alabama, at a time when the Tuskegee Airmen trained at Moton Field Municipal Airport during World War II, Dr. Bill Winston took his first ride in a Piper Cub. As the nose of the aircraft headed toward the clouds, “I knew that this was one of the things that I was supposed to do in life.”

The same pilot that trained the Tuskegee Airmen, Alfred “Chief’ Anderson, trained Winston who then went on to serve 7 years in the Air Force flying F-4 Phantom jets in numerous combat missions in Vietnam and receiving numerous awards for his superior flight skills and competitions, including the Distinguished Flying Cross. He still holds his commercial license. But after he returned to his hometown and saw the economic trauma that it was in, he decided to use his pilot expertise to spearhead Golden Eagle Aviation, an FBO. His mission is to revitalize Tuskegee by providing employment for potentially hundreds of workers.

Winston says when he was young, the Army airbase in Tuskegee employed 15,000 people and it was the largest payroll of African-Americans in the world. “I’ve seen the city flourish and if we can start a wave of new economic growth, we can help rebuild the city.”

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