On Saturday, July 11, at 8:00 a.m. from Selma’s Craig field Cadet Major Shamya Mason flew 3 hours to the Summer Flight Academy in Houston, TX, and will be there for two weeks to become an aircraft pilot. When many teenagers are thinking about their car driver’s license and the type of car they would like to drive, at 16 years old, Cadet Major Mason wants to get her pilot’s license and fly commercial air planes internationally. She has the dream, but had never even flown in an airplane in her life. She is a rising Junior at Wilcox Central High and wants to fly.
Cadet Mason is the daughter of Stephanie and John Mason, Jr., and Granddaughter of Mattie and John Mason Sr. and Raymond and Fannie Etheridge. She lives in Pine Hill, and attends Pleasant Green PB Church in Arlington. A very active and energetic member of her community and high school, Cadet Mason is a member of her church youth programs along with the high school dance team and Air Force JROTC program. She is the JROTC Inspector General.
The Summer Flight Academy is sponsored by the Black Pilot’s Association. She intends to increase her flying experience and skills and become familiar with different types of aircrafts. After she completes her training in Houston, she plans to continue a flying adventure at Tuskegee, where she intends to acquire more flying hours. After she graduates from high school she plans to attend college and major in aeronautical engineering, earn a master’s degree, and become a commercial pilot.
Many thanks to the Wallace University of Selma, The Black Pilots Association, and particularly President Mr. John Hicks and Lt. Colonel Myles, for helping Cadet Mason achieve her dream of becoming an aircraft pilot. They have been tremendous supporters of Cadet Mason by supplying time and money to make this happen. Mr. Hicks flew from Tuskegee to Camden Airport on two separate occasions to allow Cadet Mason the opportunity to experience flying. He allowed her to put in 3 flying hours to allow her to get use to the feel of flying. Special thanks as well to Cadet Major Mason’s family, friends, and community, who have believed in her and have supported her throughout the process. cadet Mason will be at the Academy for two weeks of flight training and return on July 24. Congratulations and good luck to Cadet Shamya Mason for going after her dreams.
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