Southeast Kansas Students Get a Chance to Fly in Gliders - KOAM TV 7

Southeast Kansas Students Get a Chance to Fly in Gliders

     Nine southeast Kansas students learn about aviation in a unique way.
The students got to go for a flight in a non-powered glider at "Sunflower Aerodrome Gliderport" near Hutchinson, Kansas.
The site was once a naval air station that conducted military training operations during World War Two.
Students experienced being pulled into the air by a tow-plane.
 And learned how heat rising from the earth's surface creates pockets of warm air called "thermals" that help generate lift.
For many, it was their first time in any aircraft.

Brody Newswander says, ":There was a little voice inside of me saying, 'don't do it,' but it was overwhelmed by a bigger voice saying, 'do it anyway'."

While Shelby Lynn says, "I had a couple difficulties with breathing, but other than that, it was fine."

The field trip was funded through USD 247's summer program.

     Another group of students will get a chance to go up in a glider in a couple of weeks.

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