OLD TOWN, Maine (NEWS CENTER)--Kids from around the country are taking to the skies in Old Town. Many of them say they have been wanting to fly a plane for most of their lives and now they are getting the chance to do just that.
Eighteen high school age kids with the Civil Air Patrol are finishing the first-third of the training it takes to be a pilot. They got behind the cockpit of a Cessna-172 for their first solo flight.
The Civil Air Patrol was started in 1941. Now the Air Patrol does search and rescue missions, aero space education and cadet programs.
About 500 people apply for the pilot training course with the Civil Air Patrol but only 100 cadets get selected. After the program the participants will go home with their solo pilots license.