Scouts from Middlesboro, Corbin and London were busy this past Saturday at the Middlesboro/Bell County Airport completing their Aviation Merit Badges.
Having previously completed two weekends of ground school, this was the weekend they took to the sky.
Two pilots from Tazewell and two from Middlesboro offered their planes, fuel and flying skills to allow each boy a chance to fly and experience hands-on control of an aircraft.
As a bonus, Danny Spurlock took each boy for a tour of our local area in his helicopter.
In addition to earning the merit badge, each Scout also earned the Experimental Aviation Association’s (EAA) Young Eagle Award.
Participating Scouts were: Daniel Lauber, Lucas Reed, Ken Smith, Jon Bradley, Richard Bradley, Alex Andrade, Brian Andrade, Garrett Stephens and Jacob Melton.
Pilots participating were: Lenny Morrison, Mitch Edwards, Sam Griffin, Kirby Smith and Danny Spurlock; Ground support: Les Hoehn, Jim Melton and Glynna Brown. Also participating was Joy Williams.