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Local aviators schedule fun day at airport
May 22, 2014 Jerry Purvis   

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The local Chapter 608 of the Experimental Aircraft Association will host the Airport Family Fun Day and Fly-In on Saturday, May 31 at Western Nebraska Regional Airport.

EAA member Sherry Fisher said the event always depends on the weather, as it was cancelled last year because of rain and high winds.

“The primary reason we have this event is to promote the Young Eagle program, where we offer a first flight to kids who have never flown,” Fisher said. “Kids from 8 to 18 will need parents’ consent and they can register at the event. They’ll also a certificate for their first flight.”

Registration for Young Eagle flights is from 7:30-10 a.m. at the airport.

All the names of the program’s Young Eagles go into a logbook at EAA headquarters in Oshkosh, Wis. Fisher said that when she last heard, there were more than a million names registered.

Young Eagle flights are part of the Family Fun Day that runs from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. The morning starts with a pancake breakfast and several EAA members from around the region will be flying in for the event. It takes place on the east end of the airport near the FedEx building. Food vendors will also be onsite for the event.

A number of planes and other aircraft will be on display for the show. One of the unique extras is a World War II era P-51D Mustang from Lincoln. Other displays include a T-28 trainer used by the Marines and Navy, Air Link’s medical helicopter and a fixed-wing aircraft used by the Nebraska State Patrol. Representatives from the aviation program at Western Nebraska Community College will also be in attendance.

Another display will be a home built plane from the Rans Company. Rans had a similar start as the Wright Brothers, starting with the manufacture of bicycles, which they still make, before moving into aircraft production.

“We also might have a surprise for the crowd that day,” Fisher said. “I won’t say much, but it’s a bird from Lincoln. Of course, it all depends on the weather.”

Fisher won’t be hard to spot at the event. She’s taking on her alter ego of Rosie the Riveter. She’ll be taking to people and to the kids about how women became essential to the American workforce during World War II when the men were in the military.
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