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Young Eagles Take Flight in Bridgeport

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Saturday's cloudy skies put a slight delay on the takeoff of the Young Eagles Flight Rally at the North Central West Virginia Airport.

Members of the Experimental Aircraft Association and the Morgantown Pilots Association were on hand to take kids high in the sky, as soon as the weather cooperated.

Participants were between the ages of 8 and 17 and had to have their parents' permission to take advantage of the free flight.

Members of the Civil Air Patrol said it's a great opportunity for young people to learn about aviation.

"So they can learn about flight and Civil Air Patrol. That way, if they ever want to have a career in the Air Force or as a pilot, they can have experience," said Cadet Steven Hall.

"We were just teaching them how to steer the Cessna, it's kind of like a bicycle, you've got to make it lean to the turn, how to elevate it," said Cadet John Rush.

"There's gonna be, here in the very near future, a very severe shortage of aviation professionals. We're hoping to kind of spark a few of these kids' interest in aviation, maybe go ahead and go into one of those aviation-related fields," said Richard Judy, Young Eagles Coordinator.

After the flights, each participant received a certificate of authenticity, making them official "Young Eagles."

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