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Southwest Airlines Adopt-a-Pilot graduation

on Wednesday, 01 June 2016. Posted in News, Local News

Southwest Airlines sponsors an Adopt-A-Pilot program nationwide teaching almost 40,000 fifth graders about the world of aviation including subjects in the science of flight, technology, engineering and math (STEM) as it relates to aviation as well as sponsoring an art contest.

First Officer Will Breazeale of Florence, a Boeing 737 pilot for Southwest and one of over 2,000 participating Southwest pilots was “adopted” by Hannah-Pamplico Elementary/Middle School. He instructed all fifth grade classes with seven hours of STEM curriculum which culminated with a field trip to the Florence Airport on May 6.

The Florence County Sheriff’s Office had their helicopter on display, the Florence private aircraft terminal (FBO) hosted tours of their fuel and maintenance facility, and air traffic control provided tours of the tower and radar rooms. Also, First Officer Breazeale gave tours of aircraft and the Airport police led tours of the passenger terminal, police and fire operations.

A graduation ceremony for the Southwest Airlines Adopt-A-Pilot was held on May 20 at Hannah-Pamplico Elementary/Middle School. The keynote speaker was Sandi Brown, president of the Hartsville SC Experimental Aircraft Association and Young Eagles representative.

Special awards were given to guests and organizations that contributed to the success of the program. Graduation certificates were awarded to participating students. For more information about the Adopt-A-Pilot program, visit

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