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03/11/04

Students Tour 165th Airlift Wing

Have you ever wondered what it takes to be a pilot in the military? Or what it looks like inside some of those military aircraft? Many middle school students from around Chatham County got the chance to do just that at the 165th Air National Guard during a special program today. Now these young students are showing an interest in becoming a part of our military.

Most of us will never know what it takes to build, let alone pilot, one of these aircraft. "I really didn't...know anything about flights and then when I came here," said 12-year-old Courtney Cawley. "I, like, wanted to become one and it's really interesting because all this stuff I didn't know anything about."

Since the war with Iraq began, many of those students have been curious about the things that the military does. Now they're finally getting the chance to see for themselves. One of the groups showing a major interest in things military are young women. And in a field that typically attracts men, many young women are seeing their potential. "I've learned a lot actually," said Kara Walzel, age 13. "I was just in that plane over there and sitting in the pilot seat and I was like, 'Oh wow! I so want to do this one day.'"

Even though these young ladies have some time to think about a career choice, they're finding the door to becoming a pilot is one they can open.

"It's kind of intimidating seeing all this stuff and knowing that they know all this stuff, it's kind of scary you know," said 12-year-old Kerry Junco. "But it is very cool and I'm happy I'm learning about this now, so I can consider this as a career choice."

More than 350 high school students are scheduled to visit the 165th tomorrow.

Reported by: Nicole Teigen, nteigen@wtoc.com

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