This summer, Embry Riddle students are working, studying, and traveling all over the world. While studying in China, a group GSIS/Chinese track students, along with teachers Dr. Chen and Dr. Jones, visited the Chinese Aviation Museum.
Located just north of Beijing on a former People’s Liberation Air Force (PLAF) base, the museum spans a huge area, including a former bunker under a mountain. The bunker now contains historical displays and dozens of planes, ranging from a Wright Flyer to MiG-17s. Outside, there are MiG-17 static displays that line the entire length of a taxiway, Mao Zedong’s plane, and antiaircraft displays.
The museum also showcases several examples of newer planes, like the J-10 and J-11, both of which are fighters currently used by the PLAF. Additionally, they had several examples of American aircraft, including an F-86 Sabre and a UH-1 Huey.
The students are currently on an 11 week trip to study in China, taking them across China to places like Beijing, Xi’an, Inner Mongolia, and Yunnan. While there, they take nine credits of Chinese classes that are required for the completion of the GSIS/Chinese degree.