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Annual aviation festival promises sky-high fun for the family
Written by Tammy Walro   
Thursday, 31 May 2012 14:07

Ask Dad what he wants for Father’s Day and he’ll likely hem and haw or tell you he has everything.

Give Dad something he’d really enjoy this year – a few hours of family togetherness and some plane fun – that’s right plane fun.

EAA Chapter 582 will present its annual Plane Fun Fly In June 16 and 17 at Toledo Executive (Metcalf) Airport, 28331 Lemoyne Rd., Millbury. Gates open at 9 a.m. daily.

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The annual event – held every year during Father’s Day weekend – offers affordable fun for the whole family, including displays of experimental, antique and warbird aircraft. Military aircraft scheduled to be on exhibit include planes from the Gulf War, an Army Chinook helicopter, an A-10 Warthog and C-27J transport.

Kids are invited to build and fly a string plane and other aircraft, to launch an air rocket and fly a gas-powered model.

Kids between 8 and 17 years old who have ever wondered what their neighborhood looks like from the sky, or who may be curious how airplanes work or maybe even dream about being a pilot are invited to take a free flight, offered by local EAA volunteer pilots through the organization’s Young Eagles program. Young aviators will receive a certificate upon completion of the flight. Last year, about 300 youths participated and organizers are hoping to see that many or more this year.

Airplane rides will be available for adults too in an antique bi-plane and other unique aircraft. The cost will depend on the airplane.

Breakfast and lunch, including hot dogs, hamburgers, along with popcorn, ice cream and other treats will be served throughout the day.

Admission is $5 for adults and free for kids under 7. For more information, call Dave Horvath at 419-466-7908 or visit www.eaa582.org for more information.

Come for the pancakes, stay for the thunder

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