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Community enjoys Fly-In

 

Christopher Andersson

One of the aircraft at this year's Arlington Fly-In taxis down the runway on July 7.

The annual Arlington Fly-In brought a variety of planes to the Arlington Airport as well as aerial acrobatics to the sky for people to enjoy.

The local Fly-In, one of the largest in the nation, was held from July 7 to 9 this year.

Many local aviation enthusiasts and hobbyists come to the event to talk about airplanes.

"What's not to like about flying? It's the most relaxing and most exciting thing all in the same boat," said pilot Clyde Carpenter.

"Once you leave the ground it doesn't matter what else is going on, you're flying. You don't have to worry about it until you land again," he said.

Carpenter learned to fly at Paine Field and knows pilots from the aviation company JAARS. He wanted to come to the Fly-In to catch up with them and to see the other events.

"I'm just watching people who love doing what they do," he said.

This year's Fly-In included vintage aircraft on display, air shows throughout the event and special shows from Paul Allen's historical aircraft collection.

WWII fighter planes from the collection, the Zero and Hellcat, both flew above the Arlington Airport for shows.

He used to come to the Arlington Fly-In more than a decade ago but moved away from the area.

Carpenter said he enjoyed it for the variety of activities they offer throughout the event.

"It's very family oriented. There's a lot of stuff for the family to do. Obviously those who are into aviation have a lot more to do, but there's so many things the kids can do," he said.

Nolan Ferguson, whose grandfather works for the JAARS aviation company, said that fly-ins like the Arlington Fly-In are a way to spend time with his family.

"My grandfather has worked for 32 years with JAARS [an aviation company] and I enjoy coming with him to these," he said.

Small aviation businesses and hobbyists brought their planes to camp out at the Arlington Airport for the Fly-In, as usual.

Those who aren't as involved in the aviation field also found a lot of family fun.

Christopher Andersson

Helen Carpenter, right, gets in the cockpit of a JAARS Helio Courier and learns some things about the plane from Nolan Ferguson at the Arlington Fly-In on July 7.

"It's our first year coming and we live right in the neighborhood. I don't know why we missed it," said local Jessica Hill.

She said her family enjoyed the air show and seeing all the different types of planes.

"It's really interesting and there's a lot of history. I thought there was a lot of history they were able to break down for kids, which I appreciated," she said.

Military tank demonstrations and a military vehicle section of the Fly-In also displayed some of the advanced vehicles currently in use by the U.S. Army.

They brought various vehicles, including some used for specialized situations like the NBCRV (Nuclear, Biological, Chemical, Reconnaissance Vehicle), which is driven into potentially hazardous areas to investigate environmental hazards.

More information about the annual Arlington Fly-In is available at their website at arlingtonflyin.org.

 

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