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The Aero Experience is a celebration of Midwest aviation and aerospace achievement. We invite you to join us as we explore the treasures of Midwest aviation through first-hand experiences. Our contributors take turns flying lead, and we are always looking for new destinations. Check in with The Aero Experience frequently to see where we will land today, and then go out and have your own aero experiences!

Blue skies,

Carmelo Turdo, Mark Nankivil and Fred Harl - The Aero Experience Team

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

20th Anniversary AirVenture Cup Race Begins at Mount Vernon Outland Airport, Part 2 - Young Eagle Flights

By Carmelo Turdo
The 20th Anniversary AirVenture Cup Race, the prelude to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017, was launched Sunday from Mount Vernon Outland Airport in central Illinois as a weather front arrived to break last week's scorching Midwest heat wave.  The race is the first official event of the nation's largest annual aviation gathering, and the third race in five years hosted by this airport.  Including support planes, over 100 aircraft were part of this year's race, the largest turnout in recent years.

As in previous years, Mount Vernon Outland Airport held an open house on Saturday prior to the race.  EAA Chapter 1155 member pilots, including Airport Manager Chris Collins, provided opportunities for youth aged 8-17 to take their first airplane flight free of charge through the EAA's Young Eagles program.  Flights were provided on demand throughout the day, and it appears that the airport and the aviation community made a lot of new friends that day.

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