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Monday, October 17, 2016

Kids take to the skies at Nashua airfield event

By DEAN SHALHOUP
Staff Writer

NASHUA - Once the Piper Comanche carrying her and several other children lifted off the runway at Nashua's Boire Field on Sunday afternoon, little Anya Kumar forgot all about the fairly cramped conditions inside the single engine aircraft.

"I really liked the view from up in the air," Anya said after the Comanche landed and she and her brother, Ayush, disembarked. ...

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NASHUA - Once the Piper Comanche carrying her and several other children lifted off the runway at Nashua's Boire Field on Sunday afternoon, little Anya Kumar forgot all about the fairly cramped conditions inside the single engine aircraft.

"I really liked the view from up in the air," Anya said after the Comanche landed and she and her brother, Ayush, disembarked.

The siblings were among scores of youngsters ages 8-17 who enjoyed free flights in various vintage aircraft during Sunday's flight day hosted by the U.S. Experimental Aircraft Association's Young Eagles program.

The names of the kids who took to the air Sunday will be added to the Young Eagles' grand total, which recently surpassed the two million mark as it prepares to observe the program's 25th anniversary next year.

All pilots and ground support crews volunteer their time at Young Eagles' flight days, helping the group with its mission to take 100,000 kids each year on their introductory flights.

Each kid who goes up is presented a certificate and gets his or her name added to what the Young Eagles call the world's largest logbook, located at EAA headquarters in Oshkosh, Wis.

As much attention as the activity on the Boire Field runways drew on Sunday, there were plenty of attractions elsewhere as well.

For instance, a steady stream of visitors stopped to chat with Neil Cumbie, a member of Middlesex County RC Fliers, a radio-controlled model aircraft club based in Billerica, Mass.

Among them were Abbi Rechkemmer and her father, Chris, Nashua residents who said their visit Sunday was their first to a Young Eagles event.

"We're learning," Chris Rechkemmer said, adding that Abbi, who is home-schooled, turned out to be "very curious" about the world of aircraft.

"We like to show her things she's never seen before," her father added.

Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-6443, dshalhoup@nashuatelegraph.com or @Telegraph_DeanS.