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Young Eagles fly at Turlock Airport
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Aidan Padilla, 10, gives a thumbs up as he and pilot Phillip Boyett take off for a flight in a Piper Warrior II. - photo by CANDY PADILLA/The Journal

The Turlock Regional Aviation Association hosted the Young Eagles event on Saturday at the Turlock Municipal Airport. The program, sponsored by the Experimental Aircraft Association, gave 102 children between the ages of 8 and 17 the opportunity to take a ride in an airplane.

The event was created in 1992 by the EAA in order to promote aviation among younger generations, and since the event’s first year, two million children nationwide have participated in the unique aviation experience. At Saturday’s event, volunteer pilots traveled to Turlock from all over Central California and the Bay Area to share their passion for aviation with participants, giving the children an up-close look at what it’s like to fly a plane.