Spirits were soaring when children in the city's day camp program visited Burbank Bob Hope Airport on Thursday.
Seventy youngsters heard about airport's history and career opportunities, participated in demonstrations and saw the equipment used by the airport police and fire departments.
Seeing what goes on behind the scenes is a great opportunity for the kids because many of them don't get the opportunity to fly, said Jon McGinley, recreation coordinator for the Summer Daze Express program at Robert Gross Park.
"The campers totally look forward to this every year and even the counselors say it's their favorite field trip," he said.
Pete Serrano, the airport's manager of ramp and operations, showed how ground crew members guide jets into terminal bays.
Serrano helped camper David Jacquin slip into an orange vest and grasp an orange wand in each fist. Together, they guided camper Mandy Hall, who pretended to be a jetliner, into the terminal parking area.