February 18, 2004
“Duggy the DC-3 and Friends” debuts February 18th at the National Aviation Hall of Fame Learning & Research Center.
A special public event was hosted in the NAHF Learning Center (adjacent to the USAF Museum), to debut the Hall of Fame's innovative new educational program themed especially for the Kindergarten-through-Grade Five age groups - Media attended.

  The stars of this new program are six specially created aircraft characters, led by Duggy the DC-3, that each represents one of the eras in aviation history chronicled in the NAHF Learning Center's interactive exhibit hall. Through a exclusive developmental agreement with artist Mitch Carley
, of Columbus, Ohio, the creator of Duggy and Friends, this new colorful character line engages the younger set to learn and understand more about the enshrinees honored by the NAHF in a whimsical yet deliberately history-based manner.
Wednesday morning's event saw a class of students and teachers from the Kettering Public Schools each given a copy of the SkyReach Tour of the Eras, the NAHF's new keepsake learning booklet featuring Duggy & Friends, that leads them on a rewarding fact-finding exploration of the Center's galleries. (This new booklet is but one part of Project SkyReach, the NAHF's far-reaching education initiative that many see as vital to the development of a skilled workforce and to motivating youngsters toward being the air and space pioneers, and thus NAHF enshrinees, of tomorrow.)
  As part of this special Duggy & Friends rollout, Mitch Carley entertained visitors of all ages with his lively, humorous aviation cartooning on an oversize sketch board. Representatives of the NAHF also displayed the first of many items soon to be nationally available from an exclusive line of licensed Duggy & Friends collectibles and merchandise, the sales of which will benefit the non-profit NAHF Learning Center.

Ron Kaplan, NAHF Director of Marketing
Office: (937) 256-0944 x16 or email
rkaplan@nationalaviation.org

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