CLEVELAND, Ohio — A number of young children received their first lesson in aviation Saturday.
The Kids in Flight organization’s marquee event, Wings of Wonder, took place at Burke Lakefront Airport.
It was the eleventh year for the special event, which gives critically ill children airplane rides around Cleveland.
The event is free to families and is funded through the generosity of sponsors and donors. Nine pilots and 100 volunteers put on the event for nearly 500 participants.
Organizers say it’s a great way for the kids to escape their daily challenges.
“What they get from this is a true experience where they get to go up and take a flight and actually fly the plane,” said the event’s Dr. Tony DiBiasio. “It gives them a chance to escape from their daily concerns or challenges and give them a perspective on what is possible. They come back from this with a sense of empowerment.”