NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - For middle schooler, Jacob Langford, today's open house presents a great opportunity for him to admire some of his favorite machinery.
"Well, I like planes, and I want to learn some more about planes," said Langford.
Jacob shares a love of flying with his grandfather. And they both look for any opportunity to be up close and personal with aircrafts.
"Just bringing out the kids to show them a good time, said Langford's grandfather, Kevin Boehmer. "It's cool that Nacogdoches is putting something like this on. You know, it's something for the kids, something for the adults. It's actually pretty fun."
Fun is exactly what airport director, Mary Uresti, had in mind when she decided to hold this event for the 4th time.
"I want number one to know there's an A.L. Mangham Jr. Regional Airport in their community. It's important for their community and to enjoy it," said Uresti.
Uresti says the airport plays a large role in the community, facilitating business for the city.
"It's a good way for us to attract corporate business," said Uresti. "It's important that we have an airport this size so that businesses that would use a corporate jet or corporate plane are able to do business easier with the city."
Some hope one day, business will help the airport to fly commercial jets one day.
"It would be great to have, you know, a public airport here to be able to use," said Nacogdoches resident, Erik Palafox.
As, for Jacob, just seeing any type of plane further fuels his desire to one day become an Air Force pilot.
"Why I want to join the Air Force is so there's no more terrorism attacks," said Langford.
He and his grandfather look forward to returning the airport's next open house.