Most people watched the Chicago Air and Water Show from North Avenue Beach or along the lakefront, but not 17 year-old Malik Baker. The CPS student took a flight with aerobatic pilot Sean D. Tucker and flew alongside the Navy’s elite Blue Angels.
Coordinated through Chicago Air and Water Show and the EAA's Young Eagles, this is Baker’s first flight ever and he is the Young Eagle to ever fly alongside the Blue Angels. He was selected for the flight because of his grades, character, and leadership in the community.
As the youngest of five children, Baker grew up in the South Shore and will be a junior this fall in the JROTC at the Chicago Military Academy. In addition to school, he participates in the Chicago Police and Firefighter Training Academy (CPFTA) and volunteers through the 5th Ward’s Alderman Leslie Hairston’s office.
Malik now joins the 1.8 million young people who’ve been brought into the Young Eagles in the last 12 years.
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Flight photos from: City of Chicago, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events