CORDOVA — Cadets from Edisto High School’s Air Force Junior ROTC program participated in a unique opportunity to fly on Sept. 21.

Nearly 40 cadets took a field trip to Orangeburg Municipal Airport for orientation flights in light airplanes under the Young Eagles program. Orangeburg pilots Rod Dantzler, James Traywick, Chuck Fogle and David Hawk hosted the cadets in their own aircraft.

“That was interesting,” Cadet Trey Hardee said. “I learned a lot.” Cadet Tyla Thomas said some bumpy air made the flight scary at first, but then exclaimed, “I had a lot of fun!”

Perhaps Cadet Stephanie Thompson summed up the general consensus of the group when she asked, “When do we get to go again?”

Cadets in the front seat got the opportunity to steer the aircraft. They had been studying the forces involved in flight in their ROTC curriculum, and this hands-on learning experience is one the cadets won’t soon forget.

The Young Eagles Program was launched in July 1992 and is designed to offer young people around the country a motivational aviation experience. For more information, visit

Edisto High School AFJROTC plans to make these flights an annual part of its program.


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