November 4, 2011
By Jill W. Tallman
The Florida Air Museum on the grounds of the Sun ’n Fun campus in Lakeland, Fla., is building a 4,000-square-foot addition that will be unveiled in 2012. The addition will be called the Piedmont Hangar Aerospace and Technology Lab.
The addition will house a high-tech computer lab and additional classrooms, thus enabling the museum to enhance an increasing number of year-round youth and adult education programs, Florida Air Museum Board Chairman Pat Hill said in a news release. “This facility is part of a larger commitment by the Florida Air Museum to develop a national center for aerospace and aviation-based technologies here on the Sun ‘n Fun campus,” he said.
Construction is expected to occur over the next three months. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned during the week of Sun ’n Fun, March 27 through April 1, 2012, at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport.
The addition is named for the former Piedmont Airlines, now merged with US Airways, whose founder was Thomas Henry Davis. The Davis family contributed “significant funds” for the addition, as well as for the museum’s Tom Davis Educational Center, according to the release.
AOPA Technical Editor Jill W. Tallman is an instrument-rated private pilot who owns a Piper Cherokee 140.
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