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Beaufort Civil Air Patrol Cadets Take Their First Flight

posted Apr 29, 2014, 7:17 PM by Ray Schnell
BEAUFORT, S.C. -In Beaufort, kids from ages eight to 17 took to the air as pilot for the first time in the Civil Air Patrol this weekend. 

The young cadets got their first flight experience in the program. From checking gauges and preparing the exterior of their aircraft, to taxxiing down the runway for takeoff, excitement filled the air. 

"I'll bring the plane up to 2500 feet, and then I give them the controls. Then, for the next half hour or 45 minutes, he's flying the plane by himself," explains instructor Roger Kelly with the Civil Air Patrol. 

"It's probably like no other feeling in the world," gushes Cadet Philip Levesque. 

Seventeen-year-old Levesque hopes to excel in the program, and one day join the Air Force. 

The Beaufort squadron  were just recently chartered on March 31, 2014. However, they have already excelled in earning their first flights. Leaders say this is a feat that's unheard of for the young pilots. The group is currently 17 cadets strong, with a few more joining soon. 
Ray Schnell,
Apr 29, 2014, 7:17 PM