WATCH: Trump Fulfills Campaign Promise To Let Iowa Kids Ride In His Helicopter

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August 15, 2015 4:03 p.m.
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GOP front-runner Donald Trump arrived at the Iowa State Fair today in style, making good on his promise to take kids on free rides in his $7 million Sikorsky helicopter.

Raw video posted online shows Trump ushering a crowd of children who stood behind the candidate during his media availability onto the 12-seat aircraft – which is one of three the billionaire owns (skip to about 7:20 to see takeoff).

Trump opted to skip out on addressing the crowd at the Des Moines Register Soapbox – a State Fair tradition for visiting candidates, known for its difficulty – and nixed an obligatory visit to the event’s famous “butter cow” sculpture.

Here are some of the best dispatches on the ground as the scene unfolds in Iowa:

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