In a quiet corner of the Logan County Airport, kids flew themselves

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[August 28, 2012]     Send a link to a friend

Out at the Logan County Airport, Heritage In Flight Museum offered a unique opportunity for the youngsters. Parents and their children stood in an often-long line for kids to get the chance to fly an aircraft simulator.

Rick Naugle, skilled as a carpenter, and in aircraft repairs and painting, spent many hours making the apparatus work after the museum acquired it several years ago. Naugle refinished and refurbished the apparatus a little over a year ago, and it has since served many youth for their first flight.

Parents clearly enjoyed watching and giving their young prodigy pilots tips as much as the kids enjoyed the flying.

The simulator functions just like a real plane: Push forward and the nose goes down; pull back and the nose goes up. Press the rudder right and the nose turns right; same for left. Turn the flight controls right, and the right aileron goes up, the left down, and the plane banks right.

Pictures by Curt Fox







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