Civil Air Patrol cadets from Jamestown Composite Squadron 402 recently completed 24 hours of aviation welding at Jamestown Community College's Manufacturing Technology Institute and six hours of aircraft rigging and assembly at the Lucile M. Wright Air Museum, 300 N. Main St.
The Lucile M. Wright Air Museum and Jamestown Community College collaborate to provide Student Exploratory Aircraft Mechanics Courses, paid for through a Community Service Grants from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation. The cadets learned welding safety, acetylene welding, acetylene cutting, arc welding, brazing, metal inert gas and tungsten inert gas welding. They also learned blueprint reading and manufactured brackets and parts they were able to weld onto the fuselage of the Great Lakes Biplane trainer the classes are building.
The next Student Exploratory Aircraft Mechanic class for high school students. home-schooled students ages 12 to 18 and adults looking to change careers, will be held Saturdays in April and May.
Front row, from left, are Tyler A Felt, Cody L. Kepler, Anne-Marie Mercer, Dalton T. Trask, and Benjamin D. Cleland. Back row, from left, are Brandon M. Powell, Dominic Burkhard, Colin E. Cleland, Matthew C. Rupp and Jeffrey E. Rupp. Not pictured is Tristan A.R. Kum.