EAA Young Eagles Programs takes kids on free flights in Milwaukee

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MILWAUKEE --The EAA Young Eagles Program gives children the chance to fly in an airplane and works to get children interested in aviation and perhaps becoming a pilot one day!

Pilot Joe Coraggio spent his Sunday, May 13th taking young children on flights as part of the EAA Young Eagles Program. Groups were on hand for the celebration of Armed Forces Week at Milwaukee's 128th Air Refueling Wing.

Coraggio started in the Young Eagles Program when he was a child and later went on to get his pilot's license. "I just remember being enthralled with it.  It was a lot of fun, something I had never had the opportunity to do before, and I knew right then and there that's what I wanted to do for the rest of my life was fly airplanes," Coraggio said.

Dylan Thompson was one of the children who went for a plane ride Sunday. He was in an RV7A. "I like the glass top, because you could see really good! It was really fun up there," Thompson said.

Children saw different parts of the city on the flight, and of course, Lake Michigan! Officials say flying becomes a life-long passion for many.

After the flight, children who participated received their very own logbook.

Milwaukee's Armed Forces Week runs through next weekend. The mission is to help the public better understand the military's role and honor those men and women who are serving or have served in the armed forces.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the EAA Young Eagles Program.