Remembering Connie Nappier – Speaking Engagement at Camp Niantic

Connie Nappier Jr. was the honored speaker at Camp Niantic for the Connecticut National Guard. He spoke of his experiences as a Tuskegee Airman (our last surviving member of the Airmen in Connecticut) and answered questions from the audience as well as taking photos with them.

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Wings Over Westerly – Saturday, September 29, 2012

Join BPA Connecticut Saturday, September 29th: Wings Over Westerly! Westerly Airport’s annual festival, come down to the airport and celebrate aviation! Free Young Eagles rides for kids ages 8-17, courtesy of the generous pilots and volunteers from EAA. There are static aircraft displays, kids’ activities and crafts, demonstrations, food and more. Admission to WOW is FREE! Proceeds from sponsorships and food sales support the WAA Scholarship Fund.

Why I Chose To Become A Pilot by Matthew A. Jones, BPA CT Member

BPA CT Members Aaron Daniels and Matthew Jones


Ever since I was little boy, I had the aspiration to become a pilot and/or an astronaut. I grew up watching movies such as the Tuskegee Airmen and Independence Day. These films gave me the inspiration and encouragement to take a growing excitement and zeal involving aviation and turn it into a career.

I began my aviation career at the age of 11, by participating in my first incentive flight where I was able to fly with a flight instructor and all four of my family members in the back of 6-seater Piper aircraft. I knew that once I took flight, it would not be last time at the controls.

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Soaring in History: A Tuskegee Airman Shares His Story

This article appeared in the April 2012 edition of the BPA Newsletter and is reproduced here with permission. It was originally published in the Hartford Courant.

A student at Renbrook School in West Hartford wanted to know if Connie Nappier Jr. was afraid when he was in the air. Nappier, 88, of New Britain, pondered the question.

BPA CT Chapter - Connie Nappier Jr.

“You were too busy to be afraid, you only allowed yourself to feel fear when you were back on the ground…”, Nappier told fourth-graders during his recent visit to the class taught by Dave Woods.

Nappier was a flight officer with the Tuskegee Airmen — African American pilots who had a major role in the Allied victory in World War II and who helped integrate the ranks of the U.S. military.






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