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Washington County
James Jenkins

Young Eagles ride in planes for free

Hagerstown, Md. (June 20, 2014) - Bring the kids to Hagerstown Regional Airport (HGR) for a morning of plane rides and a delicious pancake breakfast June 21, August 16, and October 18, 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at Hagerstown Regional Airport, 18434 Showalter Road. The event is sponsored by EAA Chapter 36.

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For ages 8 – 17, flying is free. Grab some breakfast before or maybe after your flight. Cost is $7 for adults and children ages 6-12 eat for $4. Kids under 5 eat for free. Join us for pancakes, sausage, eggs, coffee, orange juice, and flying fun!

The Young Eagles Program started in 1991. A survey of long-time EAA members was conducted to help determine the organization’s future priorities. Nearly 92 percent said EAA’s primary objective should be to involve more young people in aviation. The survey also showed that a flight experience inspired respondents toward aviation. On May 13, 1992, following several months of coordination by members of the EAA Board of Directors, EAA management, staff and volunteers, EAA’s Young Eagles Program was unveiled at a Washington, D.C., news conference.

The mission of the EAA Young Eagles Program is to provide a meaningful flight experience “ free of charge ” in a general aviation aircraft for young people (primarily between the ages of 8 and 17). Flights are provided by EAA members worldwide. The initial goal of the program was to fly one million children prior to the 100th anniversary of flight celebration (Dec. 17, 2003). That goal was achieved on November 13, 2003. An on-going annual goal of introducing 100,000 young people to the Young Eagles experience has been established.

Directions: From Route 11, turn onto Basore Drive at Tony's Pizza and follow the signs. From Interstate 81 take Showalter Road Exit 10A. The airport entrance is a quarter-mile on your left. For additional information, contact Public Relations and Community Affairs Manager James Jenkins at 240-313-2384.


About Hagerstown Regional Airport

Hagerstown Regional Airport (HGR), a financially self-supporting airport complex managed by Washington County, is home to a variety of businesses that provide travel services to the general public and airside services to the general aviation community. The 400-acre facility includes a secured perimeter, an air traffic control tower, state-of-the-art navigational aids, and the second-longest public runway in the State of Maryland. Sun Air Express provides passenger service to Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Allegiant provides passenger service to Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB). Visit for more information.

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Washington County, Maryland Government strives to fulfill its duty to the citizens of Washington County with regard to operational efficiency, fiscal responsibility, and responsiveness to the needs of the community. This vision is used to ably assist the Board of County Commissioners of Washington County in achieving goals for moving the County forward as present needs and future plans are addressed.

According to the Maryland Department of Legislative Services, the Washington County General Fund has one of the lowest costs per capita for services provided of all 23 counties and Baltimore City. This is attributed to the efficiency, staffing levels, and cost containment exhibited in Washington County Government operations. Visit for more information.

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