“Checking Six” from the Cockpit of an F-16“ By: 2Lt Kenyatta H. Ruffin, USAFA ’03 The Tuskegee Airmen “experiment” began in July, 1941 when the first class of cadets began…
The Young Eagles is a program developed by the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) to introduce children, ages 8 to 17 to the exciting world of flight. The Young Eagles program encourages volunteer EAA pilots to volunteer their time, aircraft, and fuel to give free introductions to aeronautics to the children. During most years, we average about 40 new Young Eagles each month that the weather permits us to to fly. The program includes a ground orientation to the principles of flight, an introduction to the aircraft’s systems and controls, and, of course the highlight, an introductory flight where the child can experience the joy and excitement of flight first-hand. The Young Eagles program is fully insured and has an excellent safety record.
After each flight the child receives a special certificate signed by his or her pilot and the child’s name is entered in the World’s Largest Logbook at the EAA Air Adventure Museum at EAA headquarters in Oshkosh. The goal of the program is to introduce as many children as possible to aviation. By doing so, the programs sponsors will encourage the next generation of U.S. pilots, and will excite children across the country and around the world excited about staying in school, studying hard, and following their dreams.
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