Third Air Scout Group Starts In North Carolina

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Air Scouts, a program of the Boy Scouts of America that was popular in the 1940s and '50s, is slowly reappearing as three Air Scouting groups are now underway, one each in Texas and Illinois, and now the newest one at Moore County Airport in North Carolina. The co-ed program for youth ages 14 to 20 provides a chance to learn about careers in aviation and participate in activities such as building model rockets, flying radio-controlled planes and visiting aviation museums. At Moore County Airport, about 28 youngsters have signed up so far for the program, The Pilot newspaper reported last week. The original Air Scout units were called Squadrons, and were subdivided into smaller groups called Flights. In 1949, Air Scouts became Air Explorers. In 1965, the classic Air Exploring ended, and in the '70s, Aviation Exploring became one of several National Explorer program areas.