Scout troop takes to the air
by Tilly Dillehay Editor
Five boys from a local Webelos 1 Den had the opportunity to see Lafayette last week—from the air.
One of the Lafayette Municipal Airport’s new managers, Richard Thomas, hosted the troop. He took them up in a single prop Cessna airplane, making overhead visits to each of the boys’ homes before safely returning them on the ground.
The den is led by David Flynn and Dale Hix, who were also present for the excursion. The boys and leaders were taken up in two sets, and rides lasted about forty minutes for each.
“We went to everybody’s house that was in my group. He stopped the engine two times on purpose, and it felt like we were in midair,” recalls 9-year-old Isaac Kirby. “I saw Walmart, a baseball park, soccer field. I was scared before I got on; then I realized that grown-ups were with me, not just the pilot. I was scared because I watched Castaway and my dad forgot how rough the crash was when he let me see it.”
Ben Tuttle, 9, said that he would do it again. “Now I see how the Earth is round,” said Tuttle. “He went that high. It was my first time flying.
“I saw the football field; they were getting ready for a game, the game hadn’t even started yet. The score was 0-0… It was kinda loud, and he dropped us two times on purpose to make it fun. I liked it.”
These young daredevils in the making have been on several field trips this year, said Flynn, but none at so high an altitude.
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