Life of Oklahoma aviation pioneer, James Herman Banning, to be showcased in Living History Performance

Guthrie native was the first African American to complete a transcontinental flight

Life of Oklahoma aviation pioneer, James Herman Banning, to be showcased in Living History Performance

OKLAHOMA CITY — Greatest Stories Never Told is proud to bring its Fly with Banning Living History Performance to Pleasant Hill Elementary School. A Broadway actor will bring Oklahoma’s aviation pioneer, James Herman Banning, to life in the interactive educational event. The Guthrie native’s life and achievements as the the first African American to receive a U. S. Dept. of Commerce pilot’s license and complete a transcontinental flight will be showcased during the performance.

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Fly with Banning will be held on Friday, March 16th, at 2 p.m. in the Pleasant Hill gymnasium, located at 4346 N. E. 36th in Oklahoma City. The Living History Presentation will celebrate how Banning, along with his talented mechanic, El Reno native, Thomas Cox Allen, made the 3,300-mile flight from Los Angeles to Long Island, New York, in 1932.

The event is produced by Greatest Stories Never Told, an organization that inspires the youth of today by telling the stories of the unknown heroes of yesterday. “The Living History Presentation teaches about history, math, literature and engineering,” says Broken Arrow’s Pat Smith, Director of Greatest Stories Never Told. “We are building scientists and engineers for the future and hope the children leaving the presentation feel inspired.”

The event, sponsored by the Mid-Del Public Schools Foundation, Oklahoma Humanities and Garver Engineering, is free and open to the public. To learn more about this interactive STEM education program, or the life of James Herman Banning, visit jhbanning.com.

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