7/16/2019 -- Pensacola, Florida -- Camden Military Academy student and ACE camp participant Malik Williams strokes his hand under the belly of a Delta Air Lines plane after landing at Naval Air Station Pensacola during the 20th annual Delta Air Lines' "dream flight" aviation Summer camp, Tuesday, July 16, 2019. (Alyssa Pointer/alyssa.pointer@ajc.com)
Photo: Alyssa Pointer
Photo: Alyssa Pointer

Aviation camp students take off from Atlanta on Delta ‘Dream Flight’

More than 150 aviation camp students took off from Atlanta Tuesday on Delta Air Lines’ 20th annual “Dream Flight.”

The students, ages 13 to 18, boarded the Delta-sponsored flight to Pensacola, Fla. early in the morning for a day visiting the National Navy Aviation Museum, seeing the Blue Angels practice and watching an Apollo 11 film viewing.

>>PHOTO GALLERY: Dream flight to Pensacola

In Atlanta, Delta co-sponsors the Aviation Career Education Academy and the more advanced Solo Flight Academy summer programs organized by the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP) for underrepresented youth interested in aviation. OBAP also holds ACE Academies in other cities across the country.

Atlanta-based Delta’s chief diversity and inclusion officer Keyra Lynn Johnson said the sponsorship shows the airline “is willing to invest in something where the return is 6, 8, 10 years out,” when these students may actually become professional airline pilots

In the cockpit of the flight Tuesday morning was Delta Capt. Guy Stallworth, who coordinated the first Delta Dream Flight in 2000, and former ACE camp student Jerome Wellons, who is now a Delta pilot.

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Kelly Yamanouchi
Kelly Yamanouchi
Business reporter Kelly Yamanouchi covers airlines and the airport.