MARTIN COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - For 12 years airport officials have opened up Big Sandy Regional Airport to the public for Airport Day where folks can get a close look at airplanes, helicopters, and even take a ride in the sky.
Airport Manager Gary Cox says, "12 years ago on the first Airport Day, this lady 75 or 80-years-old said 'I've always wondered what the world looks like from up there and today I'm going to find out.' She was the first person to take an airplane ride and she gave me a big hug, she was thrilled and most people do the same thing when they take their first airplane ride."
Ever since that first airplane ride at Big Sandy, the chance to fly has been the main attraction to the event that brings hundreds to the airport.
Airport officials say what they love most about putting on Airport Day is giving folks an opportunity to get in a plane and go up in the sky for the first time...like 11-year-old, Logan Murphy, who says, "On the ground it is just mountains but up in the air...it is just beautiful."
Logan says he has always been interested in anything that flies and one day hopes to be a pilot.
While on his first plane ride, Logan says, "Your heart starts pumping real hard, you're looking around, and this is awesome."
Airport officials say people like Logan represent what Airport Day is all about as they work to promote aviation in the area.
"When I grew up in Eastern Kentucky there were no airports in Eastern Kentucky, I never dreamed of flying an airplane," says Cox.
Inspiring others to dream big while celebrating the beauty of the airport and its surroundings.