Local kids fly for free at North Texas Regional Airport

Published: Apr. 29, 2019 at 10:56 AM CDT
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Several local kids got the experience of a lifetime Sunday: going up in a small plane, many for the first time--some even getting to help fly it.

It was a day Lexi and Cameron harp had waited weeks for.

"I was about their age, and my parents brought me to this exact airport."

Mom Shannon Harp wanted her kids to have the same experience she did: taking a free flight, for kids ages 7 to 17, as part of the national Young Eagles program.

It was 10 and nine-year old Lexi and Cameron's first time to fly.

"It was an awesome time," Cameron said.

"I didn't know I would be able to ride in the front either," Lexi said.

Pilot Jim Smisek showed them how the aircraft works, and co-pilot Lexi got a chance to help fly.

The headsets went on, and it was up and away. There were massive smiles and joy as the two surveyed their hometown from the skies.

"It's so much fun to see their face when they get out of the plane like yes this is so fun," said EAA Chapter 323 president Michael McLendon.

Sherman's Experimental Aircraft association put on the event for about 35 kids--the most ever-- at the North Texas Regional Airport.

Mom Angela Turner waited nervously for her 10-year-old daughter Corryn to come down to earth.

"She learned she had the ability to co-pilot, so God help us," Turner said.

She said her daughter was inspire d after learning about the first female African-American pilot in school.

"This may encourage her to come become a pilot."

Corryn emerged from her flight, speechless, itching to go back up.

Parents and kids said the experience will stick with them forever.