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Arlington Fly-In returns July 7-9


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One of the vintage aircraft at last year's Arlington Fly-In taxis down the runway on July 7, 2016.

The Arlington Fly-In, one of the largest collections of planes and military vehicles in the U.S., will return next month from July 7 to July 9.

The annual event brings about 800 to 1,200 planes to the Arlington Airport, along with airshows and other aviation-themed activities to the field.

Admission is $15 for those entering by car and entrance for kids age 15 or younger enter free.

The event shows how much community there is around aviation and the airport, said Barbara Tolbert, executive director of the Fly-In and Arlington Mayor.

"I saw the aviation community come together around the airport," she said.

"The airport community is similar to our downtown Olympic Avenue community," she said, in that they are a close-knit group of people.

"The event really showcases how great Arlington is," she said.

The first day of the event, July 7, is meant to be a family day, with activities beginning at 6 p.m., including a military parade and a warbird airshow.

The next day is "Super Saturday" and includes a 2 p.m. military parade and a warbird airshow as well.

There are no airshow on Sunday as that day is "geared more toward the pilots," said Tolbert.

Planes from Paul Allen's Flying Heritage and Combat Armor Museum as well as the Historic Flight Foundation will be presented at the event.

Local Navy officials have also scheduled a couple of flybys for the event, "but I always have to warn people that could change at any moment," said Tolbert.

The Runway Theater will show the 2016 film "Hidden Figures" at 10 p.m. on July 7, about a group of black women engineers who worked for NASA during the space race, and the 2016 film "Sully" at 10 p.m. on July 8, about Chesley Sullenberger's emergency landing of a commercial plane in 2009.

This year will also include some new activities.

"One of our new activities is a drone flying area," said Tolbert. Officials will give demonstrations and "show people how to safely fly drones," she said.

The Fly-In officials actually had to secure permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly drones at an airport, but were able to secure that activity.

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Jonathan Hill explores a military NBCRV (Nuclear, Biological, Chemical, Reconnaissance Vehicle) that is designed to scout potential environmental hazards. The vehicle was on display at last year's Arlington Fly-In on July 7, 2016.

A scavenger hunt activity will also be provided at the door for kids and families.

In addition to the historical and local planes, a number of military vehicles will be on display from local military installations.

Tolbert said it is the largest gathering of military vehicles in the Pacific Northwest.

There will be a new layout to the Fly-In this year with the hope that "it is much easier for people to find the events," said Tolbert.

Skookum Brewery is also involved with this year's beer garden at the event.

The Arlington Street Fair is also running concurrently with the Fly-In and shuttles between the two events will be available this year.

Tolbert said last year's event was cloudy and they're "hoping that we have three days of sunshine."

More information about the Arlington Fly-In is available at their website at


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