EAA Young Eagles program reaches 25 years

OSHKOSH, Wis. (WBAY) - EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh is marking the 25th anniversary of the Young Eagles program.

Sean Tucker in Oracle stunt plane
Sean D. Tucker in his Oracle stunt plane flies a child over Oshkosh in the Young Eagles program on Friday, July 28, 2017 (WBAY photo)

The program gives kids ages 8 to 17 a free ride in an airplane to spark an interest in aviation.

The celebrate the quarter-century milestone, Young Eagles program chairman Sean Tucker took a special volunteer up in his stunt plane.

Doug Millius is one of only 14 pilots worldwide to fly Young Eagles every year since the program started in 1992. He told us, "That's really the fun part of volunteering, taking the kids out. A lot of them, it's their first time up in a plane, and a lot of them, first time up in a small plane. Just to see their reaction and their joy of getting up in the air is just really rewarding."

As of Friday, Young Eagles has flown more than 2 million kids.