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[AUG. 19, 2004]  Once again young people between the ages of 8 and 18 are being given an opportunity to experience their first flight in a small aircraft. The airplane rides are being offered for free this Saturday, Aug. 21, from 9 a.m. until noon at the Logan County Airport. 

This is the second time the Logan County Airport has hosted a Young Eagles flight event. The program is sponsored by Heritage In Flight Museum. One year ago Heritage In Flight and the Bloomington EAA members teamed up and provided a record number of 111 youth with their first flight.

The Young Eagles program was started 10 years ago by the Experimental Aircraft Association as a way to involve young people in aviation. The goal was to give 1 million kids their first airplane ride by the 100th anniversary of the Wright brothers' first flight on Dec. 17, 2003. The number was exceeded, and the EAA has decided to continue the program.

Actor Harrison Ford has taken over from Gen. Chuck Yeager as the Young Eagles spokesman for the EAA.

Bloomington EAA Chapter 129 members will serve as pilots. Both the EAA and HIF members will coordinate flights and registration. A parent or legal guardian must be present to sign in the youth.


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Flights will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Youth will be introduced to the basics of flight and given a brief local flight by experienced pilots who love to share the passion of flying.

The airport is located on the northeast side of Lincoln, east of Maple Ridge Care Centre. The Heritage In Flight facility is the yellow building centrally located on the airport grounds. Registration will be in the hangar right next to the museum.

Further information is available at the Heritage in Flight Museum at the Logan County Airport or by calling 732-3333.

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A vintage aircraft fly-in will be the next special event hosted by Heritage In Flight at the airport. Spectators are invited back out to the airport to see the Fairchilds Sept. 24-26.

[Jan Youngquist and news release]

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