Atlanta, GA – July 3rd, 2020 – Peachtree Gateway Partnership, a group comprised of political leadership for the cities of Chamblee, Brookhaven, Dunwoody, and Doraville, along with non-profits and private sector businesses, announced that the group is officially supporting the efforts of the Inspire Aviation Foundation (IAF). The IAF is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to the goal of bringing a world-class air and space museum, combined with a state-of-the-art entertainment and educational campus, to the Atlanta metropolitan area. This project is one of only two that Peachtree Gateway Partnership will officially champion in the community.
The foundational objective of the IAF is to build an experience for visitors that is as dynamic and inspirational as the fields of aviation and space travel. The group is seeking to transform a location at Peachtree Dekalb Airport into an ecosystem of activities and engagement. The campus will include learning, entertainment, research and development initiatives and tourism while working to stimulate both the financial and personal growth of the community surrounding it.
“What we’ve found is that we have all of these new generations that can learn just as much about aviation and space travel from their phone as they can from a traditional museum,” said Moreno Aguiari “That’s why the Atlanta Air and Space Museum will not be about simple exhibits. Tt will be about telling a story. This story will be crafted around inspiring a highly-diverse, 21st-century audience, unifying their interest in aerospace, and working to cultivate that interest throughout their entire lives.”
The plan of IAF involves a model of hands-on, physical interaction with aviation history to learn not only about an object but what drives its importance, how it works, and how it has impacted our society. The story will be expanded through techniques such as augmented reality, interactive displays, and the latest environmental and theatrical design. The concept is to create a fully immersive educational and entertainment experience. An average day on this campus could include anything from educational seminars, hands-on restoration and preservation activities, tourism and business events, and community attractions including restaurants, live entertainment, and special events. All of these activities will live 24 hours a day in one destination.
The entire program will be designed to build aspirations for a life in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM). But the platform will go further than aspirations to nurture an interest in aviation throughout someone’s entire life. The IAF wants to offer a tangible path from childhood all the way through an aerospace career and beyond.
As an initial project, the Inspire Aviation Foundation has recently become the custodian of the Naval Air Station (NAS) Atlanta archives. Donated by the NAS Atlanta Reunion Group, these archives include photos, newspaper clippings, and artifacts. The IAF plans to digitize the original photographs and documents for future access and exhibition. The goal is for this exhibit to include a historical ground tour at DeKalb-Peachtree Airport as an initial step that will benefit the citizens of DeKalb County and help to fulfill the vision of the Peachtree Gateway Partnership.
About the Inspire Aviation Foundation
The goal of the Inspire Aviation Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization, is to create and build a world-class air and space museum and educational campus at Dekalb-Peachtree Airport. The purpose of this museum would be to acquire, restore and conserve historical aircraft, spacecraft, technology, and related artifacts while creating innovative visitor experiences that are educational and entertaining. The group wishes to direct visitors’ hopes or ambitions, whether young, novice, or professional, to achieving a larger life goal. Through these aspirations, the museum could become a center for economic development, aviation participation, and a launch pad for lifelong education.