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Spirit of Freedom Crew Visits FHHS
On Friday, November 4, US History students from Mrs. Donato and Mr. Helmsâ€™ classes were privileged to hear a presentation from Tim Chopp and two other members of the crew of the â€œSpirit of Freedom.â€ The aircraft is a restored Douglas C-54E that was used in the Berlin Airlift in 1948-49. â€œThe stories of the crew were very interesting, and you could tell that they had a passion for what they do,â€ stated U.S. History student Taylor Williams.
The â€œSpirit of Freedomâ€ crew visited Forest Hills as part of the Warriors and Warbirds event that took place at the Monroe Airport on Saturday, November 5. The aircraft serves as a museum that is dedicated to preserving the memory and legacy of the greatest humanitarian aviation event in history. As part of the presentation, students watched a video on the historical significance of the Berlin Airlift and then engaged in a question/answer period. The crew noted that their mission involved creating a â€œflying memorial and classroomâ€ with the purpose of educating the public about this pivotal, yet often forgotten, event in world history.
When asked about the instructional value of this primary resource, Mr. Helms stated, â€œThey taught me a lot about how the airlift actually worked, and it was interesting to see their passion for what they do.â€ Students, as well, were able to take away a more in-depth knowledge of this historical event as Diana Mapuoletuli noted, â€œI enjoy listening to other peopleâ€™s experiences in life, especially something that has to do with history, and this was a great experience.â€
The â€œSpirit of Freedomâ€ was restored as a result of the Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation that was founded in 1988. The Foundation helped support the C-54â€™s restoration and the â€œSpiritâ€ is filled with artifacts, displays, and information explaining this important event in recent history. To learn more about the â€œSpirit of Freedomâ€, visit http://spiritoffreedom.org.
Written by: Kevin Helms
Posted: Nov 16, 2011 by Melissa Howell