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Open to all youth aged 8-17, this program involves taking the child for a 1/2 hour flight, totally at the pilot’s expense. The program got its start when EAA 838 chapter member, the late Sam Johnson, donated $1 million to the national EAA organization with the challenge to fly one million children before the 100th anniversary of the Wright brothers’ first flight. Sam also flew kids and made presentations to them in our YE ground school classes. In EAA 838 we have Young Eagles rallies on the second Saturday of each month from March through November weather permitting. Our local program includes a ground school to teach the technologies of flight while kids wait to be matched with a pilot that day. To date EAA 838 members have flown more than 4,000 youth. Many kids we fly come in scout troops, or simply walk in on the day with a parent.

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