Product of Child Labor, and Former NASA Astronaut, Dr. Story Musgrave Will Enthrall Youth at U.S. Sport Aviation Expo

December 9, 2016, Sebring, Florida — Sebring Airport’s U.S. Sport Aviation Expo has added Dr. Story Musgrave to the line-up of inspirational guests for January. He will be regaling youth in YAZ (Youth Aviators Zone) about his remarkable story, “Lessons of Life”. People attending the EAA dinner will also have an opportunity to hear Musgrave speak.

Story Musgrave was born in 1935 on a dairy farm in Stockbridge, MA. He was in the forests alone at age three and by five floated his homebuilt rafts on the rivers. He rode combines at age five, drove trucks and tractors at 10 and when alone in remote fields repaired them by himself. He never finished school, but instead, ran off to Korea with the U. S. Marines where he became an aircraft electrician and engine mechanic. He started flying with the Marines and over the next 58 years and accumulated 18,000 hours in over 160 aircraft. Musgrave is a parachutist with over 800 free falls, has six graduate degrees in math, computers, chemistry, medicine, physiology, and literature and has been awarded 20 honorary doctorates. He was also apart-time trauma surgeon for the duration of his 30-year astronaut career and flew on six spaceflights. He performed the first shuttle spacewalk on Challenger’s first flight, was a pilot on an astronomy mission, conducted two classified DOD missions, was the lead spacewalker on the Hubble Telescope repair mission, and operated an electronic chip manufacturing satellite on Columbia.

Today Dr. Musgrave is a producer/director of multimedia, a landscape architect, a heavy equipment operator, an innovator with Applied Minds Inc, and a professor of design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. Story also performs multimedia corporate presentations on the topics of design driven innovation, project management, operations, human performance, reliability, quality, and safety.

A Few Of The Notable Guest Speakers:
La'Shanda Holmes, Coast Guard Helicopter Pilot.

Patty Wagstaff, Aerobatic National Champion Pilot.

Shaesta Waiz, the woman behind the Dreams Soar initiative, born in a refugee camp.

Kevin Coleman, first American ever to compete in the Challenger Cup, and the youngest pilot to compete in the 2016 Red Bull Season.

Stewart Hamel, creator of SkyRunner®, a new innovative recreational sports vehicle dubbed, “One of the World’s Greatest Adventure Vehicles” by Red Bull.

About U.S. Sport Aviation Expo
The 13th annual Sport Aviation Show features sport aircraft, and includes conventional aircraft, kit planes, powered parachutes, trikes, gyros, amphibians, drones and innovative designs such as electrically powered aircraft—over 150 aircraft on display.

The 2017 Expo is scheduled for January 25-28.  To learn more, visit,,

About Sebring Regional Airport & Industrial Commerce Park
Sebring Regional Airport (SRA) is a 2,000-acre commerce park and airport. The airport is a designated Foreign Trade Zone offering many tax benefits and is home to Sebring International Raceway. Sebring was named in the State Aviation System Plan as the growth airport for South Central Florida and celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2017.