Indiana State University

EXCHANGE: Program provides free flights to youth

Neil Swartzbaugh loves flying so much he wanted to be a part of the Young Eagles program when it formed in 1992.

The Young Eagles was to be a 10-year program as a way to mark giving 1 million youngsters free flying experiences by the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers flight on Dec. 17, 1903.

"But it has been so popular and hasn't lost any momentum, so it is still around," said Swartzbaugh, 83, who has been flying for 51 years. "I've flown with the program since it began in 1992 and have taken over 1,100 kids up so far."

Nationwide the program has flown more than 2 million youngsters in its 25 years.

In all, 161 young people interested...