Delaware State University's aerospace education program, unique among the nation's Historically Black Colleges and Universities, is poised to further expand and accept more students now that new planes will be available.
Its placement rate, however, would be impossible to improve upon: it's 100 percent, according to DSU President Dr. Wilma Mishoe.
School administrators, instructors, students and alumni took turns examining a new Vulcanair plane Wednesday. They ceremonially poured what appeared to be sparking grape juice onto the front of the plane, decorated with the DSU logo and distinguished by its red tail.
Eleven aircraft are being added to the fleet, thanks to an allocation of $3.5 million in the state budget.
"We're going from 70's or 60's technology to now 2019, with this new aircraft." DSU Aviation Program Director Lt. Col. (Ret.) Michael Hales said. "That's like light years ahead of where we had been to where we want to go."
The new aircraft are generally safer, and feature LED displays and other easier-to-use features.
"Everything's at your fingertips, basically," DSU aviation student Christian Black said. "I wish I started on my instruments with this plane first because of all of the safety features in it."
"It's just amazing."