By Ed Curran

(CBS) – The Chicago Air and Water Show can really ignite a passion for flying in children.

The Experimental Aircraft Association’s Young Eagles Program introduces kids to flying at no cost.

CBS 2’s Ed Curran was on hand Thursday when one young Chicagoan got his first flight — and the ride of his life.

Malik Baker is a Chicago public school student.

Sean D. Tucker is a legend in aerobatics, and chairman of the EAA’s Young Eagles Program.

The Chicago Air and Water Show brought them together for a very special first flight.

This was more than just a ride-along. Malik got to fly the plane.

To make it even cooler, this Young Eagle was joined by none other than the Blue Angels.

Back on the ground, Malik still had his head in the clouds.

And so does Tucker, knowing the influence he has on every new Young Eagle.