This is a picture of Tommy Swift, taken by his mom when he
won the grand prize at the Airplane Flying Competition. At the time of this picture Tom was about
eight years old or less. Tom loved
flying because his father flew a plane (even though he didn’t a license). Tommy is almost always pretending to be a
pilot. He has also thought about being
an aircraft designer.
practiced with his airplanes in the house, his mom would tell him not to hit
the lamps or furniture. His dad would
push him to let go and let it sail! Tom
was always holding the plane high, so his brothers and sisters didn’t get hold
was in a BIG airplane competition which was held downtown Minneapolis at US
Bank Stadium where the Viking Football Team usually plays. It’s a really big place with lots of space
to fly planes. The stadium windows were
covered with curtains to keep the light out of the eyes of the pilots. Lots of other kids were there with their
brothers, sisters, parents and grandparents.
The grandparents and parents were taking lots of pictures.
competition was judged by special representatives from Boeing, Air France, the
Boy Scouts and featured the Medium Brothers (not the Wright or wrong
brothers!), and even Vladimir Putin showed up!
The judges were grading the competitors on distance, creativity od
design, and hang time of their planes.
Tom’s dad was yelling for him to “Let it Go! Let it Fly!”
If you win in all the categories, you could get a scholarship to MIT. Tom did excellently in everything.
At the end,
Tom’s mom asked him to hold up his prize-winning plane so she could take this
prize-winning photo! ###