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CAP cadets receiving training from Lt. Kristie Morris (center) and Cpt. Michael Duncan (right) after moving their aircraft as they prepare to help direct incoming volunteer aircraft.

DANVILLE, Va. — On Friday morning, the Danville Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol helped add to the over two million Young Eagles, which are young people who received their first airplane rides from the EAA’s Young Eagle program.

Civil Air Patrol cadets, age 12-18, received numerous flights in CAP aircraft, but Friday they were helping marshall, or guide, the visiting aircraft as 35 of Pittsylvania County High School JROTC cadets received airplane rides, as well as participated in drills and competition at the CAP hanger at Danville Regional Airport.

The JROTC students alternated between participating in competitions including rock wall climbing, drill activities and flying.

Their reactions to the flights were typical: excitement, wonder and, “Boy does it look different from the air than I thought.”

Most agreed that the experience was, “awesome” and, “different than I expected.”

The pilots and aircraft were volunteers from EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) Chapter 1114 in Apex, North Carolina. They volunteer their time, aircraft and fuel costs in an effort to help share the experience of flying with youth who haven’t had an opportunity to see the world from a different and amazing perspective, since flying in a small airplane at 2500 feet or so is very different that flying and airliner at 30,000 feet.

The Civil Air Patrol, the auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, offers cadets aged 12-18 and seniors aged 18 and up opportunities to receive training and experience in aerospace education and emergency services, like air and ground search and rescue.

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