CLEVELAND—The Cleveland National Air Show and Discount Drug Mart, in partnership with the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), will provide the opportunity of a lifetime for a lucky child.
The EAA Young Eagles Flight Essay Contest will award one child a Young Eagles Flight with aerobatic legend Sean D. Tucker.

Entrants must be between the ages of 8 and 17 years of age, and must compose an essay between 100 and 300 words based on one of the following themes: “What I imagine my first airplane ride will be like” or “What this flight will mean to me.”

The winner will receive one Young Eagles Flight with Sean D. Tucker on Aug. 31 at 10 a.m. in an aircraft at Burke Lakefront Airport, as well as four VIP tickets and one parking pass to the Sept. 2 Cleveland National Air Show.

All entries must be received on or before noon on Aug. 7. The winner will be selected from all qualified entries by a Discount Drug Mart/Cleveland National Air Show essay review team and will be notified on or after Aug. 8. To submit an entry, and for complete contest rules/regulations, please visit

The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) is an international organization of aviation enthusiasts with over 200,000 members and nearly 1,000 chapters worldwide. EAA encourages and supports recreational aviation. Founded in 1992, EAA’s Young Eagles program has dedicated 25 years to giving youth ages 8–17 their first free ride in an airplane.

Sean D. Tucker, one of the world’s premier aerobatic pilots, is the current EAA Young Eagles Chairman and will be appearing at the 2017 Cleveland National Air Show.

The 2017 Cleveland National Air Show presented by Discount Drug Mart will feature the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and will take place Labor Day Weekend (Sept. 2, 3 and 4) at Burke Lakefront Airport in downtown Cleveland. Visit for act information and to purchase tickets.