Kids can take flight for free Saturday at Martin Field airport.

As part of Young Eagles Day, free airplane rides for youths ages 8-17 will be offered from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the airfield, 209 Martin Field Lane, one mile west of College Place.

Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to sign up for an airplane ride. Visitors can try out a flight simulator and view classic and experimental airplanes on display.

Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 604 is sponsoring the rally, which is part of the EAA Young Eagles Program, created to interest young people in aviation.

Since the program was launched in 1992, volunteer pilots have flown more than 2 million young people during the event.

According to organizers, the free airplane rides are only a part of the flight rally. Another is building one-to-one relationships between pilots and young people to give a new generation a chance to learn more about the possibilities that exist in the world of aviation.

Pilots on hand will also explain more about their airplanes, how they work and how pilots ensure safety is the prime concern before every flight.

Following the flight, each young person will receive a certificate, suitable for framing, making them official Young Eagles.

Hot food and drinks will be available.

Additional information is available at522-1847 or online at YoungEagles.org.

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