Upshur County youth take to the sky

The pilot with Oakley Moriarty and Henley Tiffner

BUCKHANNON — The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Young Eagles offered free airplane rides at the Upshur County Regional Airport on Saturday, June 4.

While 150 kids signed up for Saturday’s ride, by 11a.m. they had already flown more than 60 children. Alongside the rides, the EAA also provided Subway for the children who waited their turn in line. It was the perfect day for plane rides and the turnout was much better than originally anticipated.

Flights are offered free of charge and are made possible through the generosity of EAA member volunteers. Since 1992, more than 2 million Young Eagles have enjoyed a flight through the program. They have been registered in more than 90 different countries and have been flown by more than 42,000 volunteer pilots.

The program has dedicated more than 25 years to giving youth ages 8 to 17 their first free airplane ride. The only program of its kind, the main purpose is to introduce and inspire kids to the world of aviation.

For more information on the organization or if you’d like to become a member, visit www.eaa.org

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