Limestone student takes internship to new heights

Sep 04, 2014
Lil Costello, a senior at the Maine School of Science and Mathematics, spent two weeks working at Owls Head Transportation Museum in July as part of an internship.

Limestone — It was probably the best two weeks for young Lil Costello, a senior at the Maine School of Science and Mathematics in Limestone.

Costello had the opportunity in July to intern at the Owls Head Transportation Museum in Owls Head. Costello worked in the hangar at the museum for two weeks, learning the ins and outs of aircraft maintenance from some of the experts.

“I first got interested in aviation from talking to my great-grandfather, a World War II P-51 pilot. He told me stories about flying and showed me some of his pictures and quickly became my hero. That really hooked me. Since then, I've been doing everything I can to fuel my interests in aviation and spaceflight,” Costello said.

Before she knew it, Costello found herself at the Owls Head Transportation Museum through an internship that was made possible by some of her teachers. The two-week experience exceeded her expectations.

“I learned a ton. I learned so much more about aviation in the two weeks I was there. Every day was a lot different than the previous. I learned to always carry a rag around everywhere because airplanes leak a lot. I also replaced a part for a 1930s airplane. I had to climb into the cockpit of the airplane so I learned how to be flexible,” Costello said.

One of Costello’s most memorable parts of her internship was flying the Super Cub, a two-seat monoplane. She wasn’t sure if she would have the chance to test out the aircrafts that she worked on, so suffice it to say, she was thrilled.

“Flying the airplane was one of the best things I had ever done. I also got my first half hour in my log book, which was also great,” Costello said.

Costello plans to attend the U.S. Naval Academy to pursue aviation and aircraft maintenance next year. She had nothing but the highest praise for the MSSM teachers and staff who made this internship possible for her.

“I wouldn’t have been able to do this without the support of MSSM. It was an amazing experience and I think it really has allowed me to get a sense of the world beyond school,” Costello said.

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