Twenty-eight teens from the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach got a taste of a pilot's life Tuesday.
They flew in several Cessna and other small airplanes out of the Lyon Air Museum next to John Wayne Airport as part of the club's keystone leadership program.
"The kids have been really excited," said Carla Contreras, teen program director. "Some of them have never been to a museum like this before."
The group, a mix of sixth- to 11th-graders, went through a series of steps before their big moment in the air, with several of them getting a chance to act as co-pilots and steer the plane.
They attended an orientation, several presentations on airplanes including one on a B-17 bomber, built FPG-9 foam gliders, attended an airplane pre-flight inspection and even got their own flight log book, said Robert Baker, president of the EAA Chapter 92, a local nonprofit dedicated to aviation. Members of the group donated their time and airplane gas costs for Tuesday's event.