Why aviation? Why Vancouver? What is this place? At Pearson Field Education Center you can travel back in time, or be propelled into the future. Enter the hangar doors and discover the rich aviation history that has been anchored here for over 100 years – a history resplendent with tales of outside loops, open cockpits, barnstormers, silk scarves, goggles, and aviation firsts. Or move into the present and discover the thrill of piloting an F-18 on a flight simulator and understanding the principles of flight. Planes hang from the ceiling and planes cover the floor, each with a story to tell. Looking to the past prepares us for the future. Come touch adventures and stories of yesterday, and feel the call and pull of tomorrow.
For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.
– Leonardo da Vinci
Through aviation, we inspire youth to pursue education and careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields, while instilling an appreciation for the people, events, and innovations of historic Pearson Field.
- We envision Pearson Field Education Center as a nationally recognized model for experiential STEM based K-12 education, uniquely combined with the appreciation and inspiration provided by integrating the rich history of Pearson Field and the people and events that came before us.
- We envision Pearson Field Education Center and historic Pearson Field as the entry point to a thriving STEM/aviation cluster within a 100-mile radius of the oldest continuously operating airfield in the Pacific Northwest and one of the two oldest continuously operating airfields in the country. This includes locally available access to education at all levels, a healthy and growing family of STEM/aviation related businesses and the jobs they offer.