“Lucky” Flight Simulator

The “Lucky” flight simulator is designed for the Museum’s community outreach and STEM program. It is a great and fun tool that teaches kids how aircraft controls affect flight as they practice takeoffs and landings. The portable flight simulator, which uses Microsoft Flight Simulator with joystick and throttle controls, is a centerpiece at special activities and on the road. Designed by Mike Litvin with contributions from Gary Seidel. Computer flight controls design and programmed by Ken Branscome. Paint design by Willia Munroe with her crew, Peggy Upton and Joe Swift.

Educational Programs at the Museum

The Museum’s Educational Programs offer classes for all ages throughout the year, designed to excite the imagination in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through spacecraft design, aerodynamics, model-building, space survival, and other disciplines.

Who is “Lucky?”

John H. “Lucky” Luckadoo is one of the original pilots in the 100th Bomb Group, known as the “Bloody Hundredth” in World War II. Part of the 8th Air Force based in England, the group flew the iconic B-17 Flying Fortresses on bombing missions over Germany and France. “Lucky,” a commercial real estate developer in civilian life, has lived in Dallas since 1960 and is an active volunteer in the community. He has received many honors and awards including the Distinguished Flying Cross (USAF), Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters (USAF), Presidential Unit Citation (USAF), and the Victory Medal (USAF).

Read about the Museum’s John Hampton Luckadoo Annual Lecture.

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