Inspiring the next generation of pilots in Luzerne County


FORTY FORT, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — It was an unforgettable Saturday in the clouds for young aviation enthusiasts in Luzerne County.

“I want to be an airplane pilot when I’m older someday,” said Tyler Stephens from Swoyersville.

The sky’s the limit for aspiring pilots like Stephens. He was one of the many kids that spent their Saturday in the sky during “Airport Day” at the Wyoming Valley Airport.

“Once we got over towards Hanover, circling on our way back to the airport, I got to drive the airplane. I thought that was a really cool experience. I’ve loved airplanes my whole life so it’s my dream to be in one today,” explained Stephens.

The annual event in Forty Fort inspired people of all ages to dream big at high altitudes. From plane rides with local pilots to learning about modern and vintage aircraft, it’s a celebration of aviation.

“This gets young people enthused about technology, electronics, other kinds of technology that’s associated with aviation,” John Baum, Chairman of Forty Fort Airport Advisory Board, said.

Four-year-old Annalyse Towns of Wyoming took part in the fun. “I went on an airplane.” She said she liked, “The flying up in the air.”

Civil air patrol cadets volunteered as support staff for the airport. This event aligns with the core principles of the organization.

“We’re the official auxiliary of the United States Air Force, and as such, one of our three main missions is aerospace education. We’re actually training the next generation of America’s aerospace leaders,” Nathan Herman, Civil Air Patrol Cadet Captain of Squadron 203 Cadet Commander, said.

This year, proceeds from the event benefit the Lackawanna Police Academy.

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