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Visitors, community enjoy Arlington's annual Fly-In

 

Christopher Andersson

Pilots Kurt Tronsdal, right, and Ben Littlefield talk about the plane that Littlefield flew in on at the Arlington Fly-In on July 7.

Hundreds of pilots and airplanes came to the Arlington Airport from July 7 to July 9 as part of this year's Arlington Fly-In.

Small airplanes, historical aircraft, military vehicles and more were on display at the event for locals and the pilots that came in.

Air shows, military parades, and films were also at the event throughout the weekend.

Ray Carveth, president of the Arlington Fly-In, said the event was going well this year, especially because of the good weather.

Carveth said that many people enjoy the event for its inclusiveness.

"A lot of the people who come are local and they like the friendliness of the people," he said.

Anyone can go up to a pilot or one of the military vehicles to learn about them, "and every owner here wants that interaction," said Carveth.

"I've been doing this for 26 years now, and I started because when I brought my children here, back when they were children, everyone was always so kind and welcoming to them," he said.

Pilot Ben Littlefield said he comes to the event for the antique planes and because of the people.

"It's awesome," he said, "I've been coming since I was a kid."

Carveth said he enjoys the amount of work people put into maintaining the historical airplanes.

"When they're fully restored, they look like a piece of art to me," he said.

There are many different and unique aircraft that the public doesn't usually get to see.

"It's a good collection of the older military vehicles and planes that you don't see everywhere," said local parent Jeremy Bingham.

He also said that it was a good place to bring his kids for a family event.

"It's fun. Pretty laid back too, enough space for the kids to run around and not get into trouble," he said.

This year included a number of new events, including interactive drone demonstrations and some square dance demonstrations.

"Our partners at Camp Adams, who bring the military vehicles, have added a tank demonstration," said Carveth.

The WWII era tank demonstrated its mobility and weapons.

"It was run around and they fired the cannon, so that was pretty cool to see what they were actually like up close," said Carveth.

The event also helps inform people about the history of aviation and about the current aviation industry.

Young people in particular can learn about the type of careers that are available in aviation, said Carveth.

Christopher Andersson

A WWII era tank was on display during this year's military parade at the Arlington Fly-In on July 7.

"There are a lot of good jobs out there that don't require that much training and can last you a lifetime that people just don't know about," he said.

The Arlington Fly-In is run by a nonprofit organization.

"This is a labor of love for a lot of us," said Carveth. "Anybody who works on this does not take home a single dollar of what we make." The money that the Fly-In raises goes to help fund next year's Fly-In, and to help other nonprofits that volunteer at the event.

Over the years more than $200,000 has been donated back to various church groups and other local organizations like the Arlington Boys & Girls Club, said Carveth.

Carveth invited the community to come out and enjoy the event the next time it is in Arlington. More information about the Arlington Fly-In is available at arlingtonflyin.org.

 

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