Saturday, children between the ages of 8 and 17 will have the opportunity to take flight.

Through the generosity of local pilots and in conjunction with the Young Eagles program, area youngsters can experience the excitement of sailing through the sky in a general aviation airplane.

This year’s event has been scheduled around an equally unique aviation opportunity.

EAA members from across the four-state area will descend on Miami April 4, for the Miami Heritage Fly-in.

Aviation enthusiasts will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with Air Patrol squadrons, Life Flight helicopters, vintage aircraft and other small aircraft.

In his proclamation, proclaiming April 4, 2009, "Miami Aviation Heritage Day", Mayor Brent Brassfield wrote:

On Dec. 17, 1903, humankind was forever changed by the Wright brothers’ first manned flight of an engine powered aircraft from the sands of Kittyhawk, N.C., forever giving humankind access to places it never before dreamed of reaching.

The Miami Airport has, for some 78 years, played an integral role in the growth, development and uniqueness of our community and provided not only a backdrop for local citizens to share the experience, the love and interest in flight and airplanes, but for the cross cultural experiences such as those shared by parties involved in the British Flyers Training School.

General aviation and, in particular, our local airport are key in connecting Miami to other markets, cultures, education, the arts and a multitude of events while contributing to economic growth in our city and significant observance of this community asset from both a historical and growth aspect are due and appropriate and commendable.

In addition to an inside look at some very unique aircraft, participants will learn about the history of Miami Aviation.

The event will begin at 8 a.m. with breakfast, provided by Miami Masonic Lodge. At 10 a.m., the presentation of the colors will be presented by the award winning Grove GAP Squadron, immediately followed by a presentation by the Tulsa Air and Space Museum and the Dobson Museum.

A number of items from the British Flyers Training School will be on display at the airport, courtesy of the Dobson Museum.

EAA pilots will keep their engines running from noon to 5 p.m., providing free flights for area children as part of the Young Eagles program.