A message from the Chairman.

  Hello friends and supporters,  As we approach black history month in February I would like to touch on a story that not many of are aware of.  We all know that Pensacola is the home of naval aviation and we all know it is the home of General Daniel Chappie James.  What many of us dont know is the story of another African American fighter pilot and original Tuskegee Airman from Pensacola by the name of Lt. James Polkinghorne.  I would invite you to read about his story in a book entitled Lost in Heaven by Leo Murphy.  Visit our news page for a little more on this Pensacola native and American hero. Yours truly will be the keynote speaker for Black History month at Talbot Chapel Church in Pensacola on Feburary 17th at 11am service.  Please come out and support me if you have a chance.  On February 9th we will partner with the Chappie James Museum for the museum grand opening Gala.   Mr. Claude Spud James who is the only living son of General Daniel Chappie James will be the keynote speaker and our own flight academy alumnus Joseph Young of Delta Airlines will speak on behalf of the flight academy. We hope you will plan to attend.  If you would like to attend this event please email us at gdcjfacademy@gmail.com. Tickets are 50.00.  We have much work to do in 2019 and we look forward to working with our team to build on the great legacy of General Daniel Chappie James Jr.

Captain Cliff Curtis                                                                                                                                                           

 Academy Director



Registration for the 2019 Summer Aviation Camp is now open.  Program dates are June 10-15.

We are now accepting applications for our annual Summer Camp on January 1, 2019.  The application is available  by clicking the tab on the left of this message.  We will accept 35 boys and girls ages 13-18 on a first come first serve basis.   This one week program will take place June 10-15 2019.  This is our gold standard summer experience and will include a orientation flight on graduation day,  exciting field trips and many activities.  The cost for this summer program is FREE !!!  


Daniel "Chappie" James Jr.


First African American Four Star General of the Air Force.

Fighter Pilot

Birth & Death Date

February 11,1920 - February 25, 1978


Graduate of Tuskegee Institute with a degree in Physical Education.

Place of Birth

Pensacola, FL


"The power of excellence is overwhelming. It is always in demand and nobody cares about its color."

Hey all you kids in Pensacola,  are you interested in learning about aviation.  Ever wondered how planes really fly?  Do you want to expand your knowledge about Science, Engineering, Technology and Math.  The General Daniel Chappie James Flight Academy is for you !!  Click on the video to the left to see what you are missing then contact us on our website gdcjfacademy@gmail.com