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Young Eagles hopes to turn riders into future pilots

7:18 AM, Jul. 26, 2013
Trace Blakely, who has given more than 200 airplane rides to children through EAA's Young Eagles Program, poses with his Piper Twin Comanche plane on July 11, 2013.
Trace Blakely, who has given more than 200 airplane rides to children through EAA's Young Eagles Program, poses with his Piper Twin Comanche plane on July 11, 2013.
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Fond du Lac resident Trace Blakely vividly remembers his first ride in an airplane as a young boy in 1964.

"It was a Wittman Tailwind," Blakely said. "It was home-built by a man named Arden Hjelle."

That same Wittman Tailwind is stored in a hangar at the Fond du Lac County Airport, next to Blakely's 1969 Piper Twin Comanche - the plane he uses to give rides to children. ...

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