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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 educates and serves more than 29,500 full-time, part-time, apprenticeship and international students at three main campuses in Hamilton, Ontario and learning hubs across Hamilton through City School by Mohawk, and at the College’s Centre for Aviation Technology at the Hamilton International Airport. Mohawk is among the top five colleges for applied research in Canada. It has been named one of Canada’s greenest employers seven years in a row, holds a GOLD STARS rating from AASHE for sustainability achievements and is home to the country’s largest and first institutional building to receive dual certification for Zero Carbon Building Framework design and performance for The Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation. More than 135,000 people have graduated from Mohawk since it was founded.