LOCAL : OC Pilot, 10, Unveils 'Friendship Scroll' He'll Take to Soviet Union

From Times staff and wire service reports

Tony Aliengena, a 10-year-old pilot flying around the world this summer, unveiled a "Friendship Scroll" this morning that he plans to deliver to the Soviet Union.

The scroll is to contain names of thousands of American schoolchildren, sending a good-will message to the Soviet Union. Tony, who last summer set a Guiness record as the youngest pilot to fly across the United States, is scheduled to hand-deliver the scroll to Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev in Moscow.

Tony unveiled the scroll at 11 a.m. at St. Margaret's School in San Juan Capistrano, where he is enrolled in fourth grade. Students from his school became the first to sign the scroll, which will be put on public display for children to sign at the various stops Tony makes in crossing the United States on his way around the world.

In addition to the scroll, Tony's family put on public display at the school thousands of pen pal letters that have been sent in from around the country. Tony will be delivering those, too, in the Soviet Union.

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