Youth offered the thrill of flight
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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
Further information is available at the
Heritage in Flight Museum at the Logan County Airport or by calling
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.
Youngquist and news release]