A message from the Chairman.

  Hello friends and supporters, On Saturday February 9th we celebrated the 3rd annual partnership between the Chappie James Museum and the Chappie James Flight Academy in great fashion with a GALA. It was a sold out crowd and the best event to date for both our organizations. Thanks to all who attended and thanks to those who supported our efforts by sponsoring former students. Former Students Joseph Young and Journey Washingtonhigh were part of the program and did a fantastic job representing the flight academy. Those in attendance included the Mayor of Pensacola Grover Robinson, Medal of Honor recipient Bob Patterson, Mrs Maggie Polkinghorne Wilson and many other representatives from various organizations and groups. The highlight of the evening was the keynote speaker Mr. Claude Spud James son of General Daniel Chappie James who gave a riveting glimpse into what it was like to grow up in the James household during the cold war as a kid. We look forward to next year which will be even bigger and better. Please visit the news section for more on the GALA.

Clifton 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

The 2019 GALA featured many guest. Pictured to the left is former city councilman Cecil Hunter, Flight Academy director Cliff Curtis and Mr. John Gay, president of the Chappie James Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen Inc. from Lake City Florida.