Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, October 30, 2017â€ In March of 2017, Sentimental Â Journey, the annual flyâ€in that celebrates Piper Aircraft Corporationâ€™s heritage in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, along with Amy Gesch, Sentimental Journey member and flyâ€in attendee, established a scholarship to aid those with a desire to learn to fly, in honor of Leah Jones, a former Piper manufacturing employee, ferry pilot, and longtime flyâ€in attendee. We are pleased to announce the decision was made Â to continue the scholarship annually. The scholarship, in the amount of $1000.00, Â is open to high school seniors who are going into the field of aviation upon Â graduation, as well as any high school student age 15 or older who is interested in Â learning to fly an aircraft. To qualify, they must either be a resident of Â Pennsylvania, or be a member/child or grandchild of a member of Sentimental Â Journey to Cub Haven, and reside in the U.S.
â€œCelebrating and preserving Piperâ€™s history in Lock Haven is the purpose behind the flyâ€in,â€ commented Cal Arter, President of Sentimental Journey. â€œBut part of Â history is that it doesnâ€™t stop being madeâ€the story is being written every day. Even though Piper no longer has facilities in Lock Haven, we have a rich history and we feel itâ€™s only right to make sure tomorrowâ€™s history is as rich as todayâ€™s. Thereâ€™s no better way to do that than to invest in the pilots and mechanics of Â tomorrow.â€
Ed Watson, Vice President of Sentimental Journey, added, â€œLeah Jones has been one of our favorite flyâ€in visitors for years. She lights up like a light bulb when she Â gets to see young people at the flyâ€in and when she sees her beloved Cubs come home. Sheâ€™s an inspiration to us all, and we feel it is a perfect fit to establish this scholarship in her honor.â€
Leah Jones, who went by the name Mae Coady, (her middle and maiden names), worked at Piper Aircraft in Lock Haven from 1946â€1951. During her time there, she worked in final assembly and ferried dozens of airplanes. She and a group of other Piper ferry pilots, including Bill Sparks, whose book she has brought to the Â flyâ€in for years, referred to themselves as the â€œHerd oâ€™ Turtles,â€ referencing the modest cruise speeds of the humble Cubs Piper produced at the time.
The first recipient of this scholarship was Tyler Rispoli, of Altoona Area High School. Leah Jones surprised Tyler by personally presenting the award to him at Â Sentimental Journeys award banquet, held on June 24, 2017. Tyler is currently attending Embryâ€Riddle Aeronautical Institute.
Interested applicants should call 570â€893â€4200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications are due on or before April 30, 2018.
Sentimental Journey is a nonâ€profit organization. Anyone interested in donating Â to this scholarship, contact us at the above phone number. Â Â Â
About Sentimental Journey: Â Established in 1985, Sentimental Journey sets out to celebrate Piper Aircraftâ€™s history in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania. Piper moved to Lock Haven from Bradford, Pennsylvania, in 1937, still under the name of the Taylor Aircraft Company. Later Â that year, the company was officially renamed the Piper Aircraft Corporation. The Â company remained under the guidance of the Piper family until 1969, though the Â family remained deeply connected to Lock Haven. Under corporate ownership, Piper Aircraft left Lock Haven in 1984 and the flyâ€in was established the next year Â to bring former Piper employees and aircraft owners together. Kim Garlick, Executive Coordinator of Sentimental Journey, states, â€œAlthough weâ€™ve had up to 700 aircraft attend on a good year, these days, the flyâ€in attracts an average of Â 250â€300 aircraft annually, from as far away as California, Canada and Florida, all coming to Lock Haven to experience the â€œfeelâ€goodâ€ flyâ€in event and to â€œkiss the ground the Cub was built on.â€ Â Â Â
Contact: Â Sentimental Journey to Cub Haven Â P.O. Box J3 Â Lock Haven, PA. 17745 Â
Phone: 570â€893â€4200 Â Email: email@example.com