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I believe I can fly : Teens from across the nation come to Alabama to learn to fly

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To be 16 with a dream and the whole world ahead of you.
 
"It was my first time getting on a plane just getting here," said Armando Estrada.
 
Yet, the 16-year old has dreams of becoming a pilot. An at-risk teen from Chicago is beginning to take control of his destiny by learning to fly in Tuskegee, Alabama-- learning leadership at the first Legacy Flight Academy.
 
"You are in charge of the plane. It's a lot of pressure, but it's a lot of leadership," said Estrada.
 
 
Auburn's Gabrielle Burton finally got the nerve to fly-- taking to the sky in replicas of the planes once flown by the famed Tuskegee Airmen.
 
"It is cool. This history I'm standing on has made me really want to do this," said the 18-year old "Looking back at the Tuskegee Airmen,why can't black people have that passion( to fly ) now."
 
Rogina Ruffin's son is one of the relatively small number of black fighter pilots in the Air Force.  Captain  Kenyatta "Deacon" Ruffin started the Legacy Flight Academy with help from Golden Eagle Aviation and Tuskegee University.
 
"Exposing young people to that-- getting young people into aviation careers in the military would continue the legacy," said Rogina Ruffin.
 
"It helps me push myself," said 16-year old Malcolm Dunn about the program.
 
Dunn has wanted to fly since he was 12. Getting into the two week long program has opened his eyes to what is really possible. He admits he's never been a big studier, but the young man says that's about to change.
 
"To fly this Cherokee piper is exhilarating," said Dunn " I can do it."
 
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