Port Angeles: Thousands flock to airport fly-in

PORT ANGELES — The skies above William R. Fairchild International Airport were filled with small aircraft on Saturday — some of them piloted by children as young as 7.

Parents waved and snapped photos as their grinning children prepared for takeoff with pilots leading free trips in the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Young Eagles program, part of the fourth annual Airport Day.

“I had one that I let fly the whole time around,” pilot Jay Sakas said of a 10-year-old who took a turn in his small, two-seater Citabria.

“I told him where to go and he flew the airplane.”

The children’s flights were among many attractions that drew an estimated 3,000 youths and adults to the all-day event.

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