Students learn about planes, aviation

Rugile Kaladyte By Rugile Kaladyte

May 13, 2016 at 10:48 p.m.
Updated May 14, 2016 at 6 a.m.

An air horn rang out, signaling for the sixth-graders to rotate to another airplane at the Calhoun Air Center.

Around 350 Calhoun County school students were in attendance Friday at the eighth annual Kids Day, listening to local pilots and emergency personnel, looking into cockpits and taking turns sitting in the shade of the wings.

"A big part of it is the community awareness of the airport and of aviation. A lot of kids don't know that they've got an airport here, don't know that flying or anything aviation related is an avenue for them to pursue," said Steve Plunkett, fixed base operator manager.

After peeking into the cockpit of a T-9 plane, Rebecca Guzman, 11, of Travis Middle School, jumped off the wing of the plane with a smile on her face. "I'd like to fly one day, it'll just take a lot of work," Rebecca said.


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