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More Than 450 Young Eagles Fly During Skycatcher Tour

Jeff Skiles flies son of Flight 1549 passenger as Young Eagle

Jeff Skiles

March 28, 2011 — Young Eagles Co-Chairman Jeff Skiles and EAA Chapters in four communities opened the world of flight to young people over the past two weekends, as more than 450 kids were flown during EAA’s Young Eagles Skycatcher Tour that wrapped up Sunday at Spruce Creek, Florida.

Monday’s Weather delayed Skiles’ final leg of the journey, which was flying the Cessna 162 Skycatcher to the Sun ’n Fun Fly-In at Lakeland, Florida. But good weather prior to that allowed for excellent events in St. Louis and Lebanon, Tennessee, on March 19-20, and in Columbia, South Carolina, and Spruce Creek last weekend.

A highlight of the Spruce Creek flight rally was the opportunity for Skiles to fly Michael Jones, the son of a passenger on the famed US Airways Flight 1549 aircraft that Skiles and Sully Sullenberger successfully landed on the Hudson River in January 2009. Michael’s dad, Casey Jones, discovered that Skiles would being Young Eagles in Spruce Creek and brought his family to the event.

Enter the 2011 EAA Share the Spirit Sweepstakes for your chance to win a Cessna 162 Skycatcher with fuel for the year courtesy of Shell Aviation, along with other great prizes. Every donation to the EAA Sweepstakes directly supports EAA programs like Young Eagles, which allow members to share the spirit of aviation among fellow enthusiasts and the next generation of aviators. Click here for more details or to enter online. No donation necessary to enter by mail. A donation will not improve your chances of winning.

Complete photo coverage of the tour can be found on a public Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/EAASkycatcherTour.

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