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Inspiring the Future Generation of Pilots and Engineers with Hank Coates

August 27, 2018


Hank Coates, President of the Commemorative Air Force, talks about how his organization inspires people to fight for their dreams.

Being a pilot or aerospace engineer was once considered a highly respected career path, but times have changed. How can we inspire the next generation to pursue career paths that are both in demand and high-paying?



A lot of young people these days don’t realize that there is a great career in being a pilot or an engineer. -Hank Coates



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Takeaways & Tactics

  • Young people truly seek the role models that the previous generations had.
  • It’s important to remember the amazing acts of heroism that real people did in the past. This gives hope to children who live in poverty or discouraging situations.
  • The United States is the current leader in aviation, but not for long. There’s a world-wide demand for pilots and engineers, and we will lose the lead without new and upcoming talent.