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Fly-In celebrates 50th anniversary

 

Christopher Andersson

Woodrow Williams, left, and Charlotte Williams sit inside one of the planes on display at the Arlington Fly-In on July 6.

The Arlington Fly-In celebrated its 50th year of bringing planes and aviation exhibits to the local airport..

The event at the Arlington Airport brings numerous planes and other flight-related activities for pilots and for families in the area.

The Fly-In was held July 6 to 8 this year.

"It's going fantastic. Even though it is a little overcast we've already have had to go into our overflow parking today," said Maryann Brown, long-time volunteer with the event and one of the organizers for it.

Brown said that they were happy to celebrate 50 years of the Fly-In.

"It's a milestone and something that we're extremely proud of," she said.

"We are nothing but a volunteer organization and so there are many people who put a lot of time, energy and their own money to make this event happy every year," she said.

Many families make the event a tradition each summer.

"We come to the air show every year. My dad has a plane here at the Arlington Airport," said Lee Grenier.

"He used to fly with the Black Jacks who would open the air show," she said.

Grenier said she enjoys seeing the air shows which the Fly-In puts on each year.

"The air show itself is really cool, seeing all the different types of planes," she said.

Local parent Laura Williams said her kids enjoy the event each year.

"We come here every single summer. Woody likes the airplanes, seeing the stunts and all of the military displays here," she said.

Brown said that the volunteers also enjoy seeing each other every year.

"We're family. Everyone comes here every year and I've been volunteering for 35 years now. These weeks that we work together may be the only time we see each other throughout the year," she said.

Christopher Andersson

Planes taxi across the runway before taking off to perform in one of this year's air shows at the Arlington Fly-In on July 6.

In addition to air shows and plane displays, this year featured an expanded kids area, more general vendors and more drones than ever before.

"The drone area has been expanded this year, and that is becoming more and more popular each year," said Brown.

"There's so much variety here, and even if you're not an aviation enthusiast there is a lot to do and see here," she said.

Nighttime activities included a balloon glow and a drone swarm light show put on for two of the nights.

"The feedback I have received was that it was wonderful," said Brown.

Brown wanted to all of thank those who come to the Arlington Fly-In each year.

"The community has been so supportive," she said.

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

 

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