This is another multiphoto post but I need them all to tell the whole story here.
The Young Eagles Program is a nationwide program that provides free airplane rides for children. Over a million kids have "experienced the thrill of flight" because of generous local pilots who donate their planes and their time.
Today my grandson, Raymon, got to experience this thrill. Three children get to go up on each flight and today 45 kids were scheduled.
This is Raymon (looking only a little nervous)and the pilot, Larry Durst.
After everyone was registered and accounted for, the kids were loaded on to the plane...
...and buckled in and ready to go...
After a short taxi down the runway...
...they lifted off
This lovely lady is Maxine Durst, wife of the pilot. While the kids were in the air, Maxine explained the program to the parents, talked about the flight and answered questions.
The flight was exactly 20 minutes and part of the flight was over Wildlife Safari where they could view the larger animals.
The plane returned right on time...
...and the children returned happily displaying their flight certificates.
Thanks so much for your kindness and generousity Larry and Maxine.
Larry and Maxine and any of the other parents who come to look at the photos, please feel free to download any pictures you would like.