It is our mission to use the empowering experience of restoring and flying vintage airplanes to teach young people responsibility, leadership, planning, and teamwork.
Our goal is to motivate students to expand their knowledge of aviation, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and history through aircraft restoration. In addition to academic fundamentals, the organization also promotes responsibility, leadership, planning, and teamwork through weekly workshops.
What We Do
Originally founded in August 2008, 88CHARLIES Inc. is a 501C3 non-profit organization dedicated to promoting aviation. The program is designed to provide youth aged 12 - 18 years a hands-on opportunity to explore aviation as a career or hobby. However, the primary focus of the organization isn't just about building airplanes. Through weekly workshops the program teaches both academic and interpersonal skills to students. Technical academic principals are taught coupled with an emphasis on the importance of exercising patience, understanding the correlation between effort and results, and how to have fun in a responsible manner.