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Part 3: Growing up in a Field of Aviation Dreams


Stories from a 4th generation aviation enthusiast

Kristian Lerchner describes himself as a 4th generation aviation enthusiast. Kristian grew up playing among the hundreds of old aircraft parked in the field of his grandfather's Highway 6 property that he now calls home. 

This is the third in a series of videos about the restoration of a piece of Canadian aviation history. Mohawk College Aviation students will spend the next year restoring a 1950s Piper Apache that was abandoned in a field next to Hwy 6 near Flamborough in 1980. Once restored, the aircraft will have a new home at the Eva Rothwell Centre in North Hamilton where it will inspire future generations to pursue careers in science and technology.

About Mohawk

Mohawk College has been providing a quality, higher education experience to students in Hamilton, Ontario and the surrounding area since 1967. The college educates and serves more than 31,700 full-time, part-time, apprenticeship and international students three main campuses in Hamilton, at learning hubs across Hamilton through City School by Mohawk, and at the college’s Aviation Facility at Hamilton International Airport. Mohawk is among the leading colleges in Canada for applied research. It has been named one of Canada’s greenest employers for five years in a row, and is also home to the country’s largest net zero energy institutional building. More than 120,000 people have graduated from Mohawk since it was founded.