Up, Up and Away at the Salem Airport!

By Tiffany Cooke

Children of all ages took shelter from the hot sun to explore space and air at the Piper Flight Museum at the Salem Municipal Airport.

On Thursday June 27, the Piper Museum. with sponsors of Salem Parks and Recreation, Hoosier Hills PACT, PCA, Salem Public Library, and WSLM, hosted a special event featuring spaceships and airplanes.

During craft time, paper plates, crayons, containers, and stickers transformed into one-of-a-kind spaceships. When not assembling their ship, the children got a chance to head outside to see a plane land on the runway. Later, the pilot came to speak about his experiences.

Exploring the museum, embracing creativity, and learning more about different flight vehicles were just some of the perks of the event, not to mention the free cookies and popsicles for all.

For those who missed the event, there’s still opportunity to visit the museum and learn about American aviation history. Rhonda and Lowell DePoy, owners of the Piper Flight Museum, schedule meetings, special events, and general appointments (with free admission) throughout the year.

According to the DePoys, the museum contains three vintage Piper air craft, a flight simulator, and a display room with several display cases containing numerous Piper artifacts. In the display room, there is a replica of the Wright Bothers’ win tunnel. There is also a library with over 200 research and technical information books. A mini theater shows a selection of videos and over 100 pictures.

Take a peek at the excitement from the “Up, Up and Away” event in the gallery below!

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