Hopkins county youth will take to the skies on Saturday, April 23 as part of the Experimental Aircraft Association’s (EAA) Young Eagles program, which lets children between eight and seventeen fly for free over the picturesque spring landscape.
Pilots hail from Sulphur Springs, Wood County, Longview, Paris and McKinney, and kids have been known to travel from as far away as Louisiana and Oklahoma to participate.
The Young Eagles program, created in 1992, was designed to foster youth interest in aviation. Chapter 1094 in Sulphur Springs was formed the same year.
In 2019, one hundred and six children participated in flights with fifteen pilots, according to Yantis pilot and Young Eagles member Ben Scarborough.
“It’ll be something they’ll never forget and talk about for years!” said 2022 coordinator Brian Irby.
For more information and to sign up, visit: https://youngeaglesday.org/