Wings Over the Branch

A Fly-In Celebration September 9-11, 2022

Celebrate 100 years of history-making Black female aviators and launch the dreams of 100 future Black female aviators during the second annual Wings Over the Branch community event. Join us for a fly-in featuring various aircraft, live music, and activities for the young and young at heart. Girls ages 8 to 18 can register for a free discovery flight in honor of the 100th anniversary of Bessie Coleman's historic Memphis flight. 

Event registration is free, however, donations will benefit scholarships for Luke Weathers Jr. Flight Academy students.

Wings Over the Branch

September 9-11, 2022

EVENT LOCATION:

Luke Weathers Jr. Flight Academy
11299 Airport Rd
Olive Branch, MS 38654

Registration is required for fly-in guests.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

Friday, September 9 | 4 PM - 8 PM:
Welcome Reception at Luke Weathers Jr. Flight Academy
Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Bessie Coleman's Memphis Airshow and connect with other visitors during our complimentary welcome reception.

Saturday, September 10 | 8 AM - 4 PM
Celebrate Over the Branch at Luke Weathers Jr. Flight Academy
Be a part of history as Luke Weathers Flight Academy completes 100 discovery flights with 100 girls in honor of Bessie Coleman's historic Memphis airshow. Discovery flights are open to young ladies ages 8-18, (registration required). Enjoy aviation exhibits, food trucks, and music by DJ Alpha Whiskey. Then, join us at 1:30 as we honor Natalie Eiland, Memphis Air Traffic Control's first Black female supervisor, and Sharon Smith, Memphis Police Department's first Black female helicopter pilot.

Sunday, September 11 | 1 PM - 5 PM
Watch and Read with Author and Actress, Karyn Parsons
Join actress and author, Karyn Parsons of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air as she screens her film, Flying Free: The Bessie Coleman Story". Book signing immediately to follow.

Film screening begins at 1PM at Wolfchase Malco Theater - 2766 N Germantown Pkwy, Memphis
Book signing begins at 4:30PM at Wolfchase Barnes & Noble - 2774 N. Germantown Pkwy, Memphis

RECOMMENDED HOTELS:

(request the Olive Branch Airport Discount when booking)

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Memphis Olive Branch
7044 Hacks Cross Rd, Olive Branch, MS 38654

Comfort Suites Olive Branch West
6921 Parkwood Dr, Olive Branch, MS 38654

Whispering Woods Hotel and Conference Center Olive Branch - Memphis
7300 Hacks Cross Rd, Olive Branch, MS 38654

Event Location:

Luke Weathers Jr. Flight Academy