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Young Eagles pilots give Oklahoma children gift of flight

David Ames, of Oklahoma City, has given more than 700 children their first flight in an airplane. A volunteer pilot for the Young Eagles program, Ames, 67, lets a first-time flier take over the controls of his Piper Cherokee Archer airplane — briefly.

BY ROBERT MEDLEY Published: April 8, 2013

For a moment above the ground, aspiring pilots can take control of a small airplane.

The 15-minute flight is in the hands of a young person who never has been in an airplane.

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For more information about the Young Eagles program, go to, or, in the Oklahoma City area, call Pat Cohenour at 495-1612 or David Ames at 615-0003.


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