5,000 kids take flight, thanks to Oregon couple

Larry Durst flew his 5,000th Young Eagle on June 7: Cole Brecht, 12 (far right) of Looking Glass, Ore. Also (l-r): Young Eagles Jesse Brecht, 10, and Lily Creekmore, 11.

OSHKOSH, Wis. – Only one other person has flown more kids for EAA’s Young Eagles program than volunteer pilot Larry Durst.

Since 1994, 5,000 children have taken flight with Durst. Working as a team — he flies, and his wife, Maxine, recruits — the Dursts’ relentless devotion to inspiring kids with aviation has earned the couple the 2013 Phillips 66 Aviation Leadership Award.

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My first plane

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By EDWARD DOLEJSI

The overwhelming desire to buy a plane for the first timer can be the experience of a lifetime. The dream of owning my own plane, the search for the right one, and finally parting with my money, should have started my life in the pilots’ paradise.

Well, “should have” are the operative words here.

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