Tiger Flight planes on display at air show

Tiger flight gives kids opportunity to fly

As other planes and jets were roaring to life at the air show on Saturday, a set of planes sat on the ground. 
Those planes look like they belong in a jungle.
They belong to a non-profit called Tiger Flight. Its mission? A simple one. 
"Primary mission is outreach to youth. So, once a month they provide free flights for disadvantaged youth, maybe folks who can't afford to go fly, trying to spark an interest in aviation," said Lt. Col. Ron Whittle (Ret.) 
Whittle is a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel who now serves as an instructor for the USAF Junior ROTC. 
His group out of Canton works with Tiger Flight on the ground and helps upkeep their planes. 
"The mission of Junior ROTC is to develop citizens of character, adults, young adults, who are dedicated to serving their communities and the nation ultimately," Whittle explained. 
Whittle's son came to the air show and is a member of the USAF Junior ROTC. 
He says his membership and involvement with Tiger Flight created a deeper interest in flying.
"Just being around it has kind of made me love it more I guess, and just being able to experience it a little bit makes me want to do it more," Aaron Whittle explained next to one of the tiger-striped planes. 
Aaron says he wants to go into the Air Force and become a pilot. 
Maybe one day, once he earns his stripes, he can take kids for a flight on a tiger.


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