Open Cockpit event set for Saturday at Pearson



Saturday will mark Pearson Air Museum’s Open Cockpit Day, an event where visitors can sit in antique planes. And, weather permitting, pilots will provide free airplane rides for children from 8 to 17.

Open Cockpit Day is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E. Fifth St. It gives people an opportunity to climb into the cockpit of select vintage aircraft and experience it from a pilot’s perspective.

If weather permits, pilots from the Hillsboro, Ore., chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association will give free airplane rides to children on a first-come, first-served basis. A parent or legal guardian must be present to give written permission. Families should arrive early to register children for the free plane rides because slots fill up quickly.

Regular museum admission will apply: $7 for adults; $5 for seniors, active military with ID, and students ages 6 to 17; children 5 and younger are free.