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Kent State University Aeronautics Fair

2017 marked the 21st anniversary of the Kent State University Aeronautics Fair. Enjoy free-entrance while viewing aircraft, enjoying food vendors and visiting dozens of booths. This is a family-oriented, educational, community event.

The annual Kent State University Aeronautics Fair, taking place at the KSU Airport/Andrew Paton Field, has been a fixture in the Stow/Kent community for more than two decades. However, the College of Aeronautics and Engineering-funded event must be suspended to focus on the construction of a new academic building at Andrew Paton Field.

We welcome your donations for the new building in hopes of speeding up the construction initiative. For those of you who loyally attended the event, we thank you for spending your time with us. For those who made financial and time commitments to making the fair successful, you have been equally invaluable, and we hope to work with you again soon.

The information contained here reflects the 2017 Kent State University Aeronautics Fair and is purely for reference

Entry: Admission is free; however, donations are greatly appreciated to continue the availability of the Fair in future. Donations are accepted at entry gate. KSU students: this is a FLASHperks event!

2017 Keynote Speakers

  • Roy. S. Richardson, 11:00am

    "Tuskegee Airman shares experiences about WWII's segregated Military"

    Roy. S. RichardsonA member of the famed Tuskegee Airmen, Roy S. Richardson worked the flight line pre-flighting, taxiing, and performing aircraft maintenance during WWII. Mr. Richardson joined the United States Army Air Corp out of high school with the dream of becoming a member of the 766th Army Air Corp band. After basic training, he was assigned to the all black 332nd Fighter Wing at Lockbourne Air Base in Columbus, Ohio. He volunteered for a unit being formed as the 2221st Special Service Group, a popular USO Tour that entertained servicemen across the world. No one knows how many Tuskegee Airmen are still living. Their valor and success protecting the bombers on combat missions was instrumental to the integration of the United States Military. Mr. Richardson was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 2007 by President George W. Bush and he now travels around NE Ohio teaching the history of the Tuskegee Airmen.

  • Ken Ramsay, 1:00pm

    "My Personal Experiences in the Military and Beyond"

    Ken RamsayCommissioned as a USAF Second Lieutenant through Air Force ROTC from Montana State University, Ken Ramsay was a USAF Tactical Fighter Pilot of the F-100 Super Sabre. Between 1962-68 he was on armed alert during the Cuba Missile Crisis, armed nuclear alert overseas, and armed combat support in Vietnam. He's been an instructor pilot and trained Vietnamese and USAF pilot in the air-to-ground combat operations. He is a life member of MAPS Air Museum and completed a seven-year restoration of an F100D Super Sabre. He is currently restoring an A-26 Invader (WWII twin engine attack aircraft).