WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Instead of sitting in lawn chairs and watching planes do loop-de-loops, teen brothers Blaine and Dakota Mercer spent Sunday learning about the mechanics and technology of airplanes at the Winston-Salem Air Show.
“I’m kind of interested in piloting,” said Blaine, 13. “So it’s kind of nice to learn more about it so I can become one someday.”
The brothers explored the Carolina Air and Auto Center, a hands-on learning center featuring aviation and automotive exhibits at Smith Reynolds Airport. This was the first time that the center, which is still in development, was open during the air show.
The goal of the center, which includes flight simulators and an airplane display, is to encourage students to pursue careers in math, science and technology through after-school programs and summer camps.
The Mercer brothers, who live in Concord, used a machine to bend and shape aluminum used in the…