The Desert Sages retirees club approached Mesa Schools in September 1997 with a very unique idea. They shared the possibility of building a child sized, fixed wing, full motion ssrc/science/flight simulator. Funding for the project came from the local Boeing plant that builds the Apache Helicopter. The simulator was built by Desert Sage volunteers at the Chandler-Gilbert Community College aviation facility. Since "Flight and Space" was a core science unit for all fifth graders in the Mesa Schools the simulator would be a welcomed addition.
Construction began in the spring of 1998 and was completed at the end of August 1998. The Lowell Flight Center was dedicated and ready for students on November 19, 1998.
A second Flight Center was built at Salk Elementary to accommodate all of the 5th grade classes in the district. It opened in 2000.