Arlington Fly-In Begins Wednesday
July 6, 2010 — Preparations are nearly complete for the Arlington Fly-In, which gets under way Wednesday, July 7, and runs through Sunday, July 11, at the Arlington Municipal Airport, Washington. The five-day event will feature everything from hot-air balloons and RC aircraft to the most modern naval jets. “If it flies, we’re interested,” said Executive Director Barbra Tolbert.
In addition to traditional homebuilts and experimental aircraft, the newly renovated Vintage Area will features designs dating back to World War I. Friday, July 9, is Vintage Day where in addition to historic aircraft, there will also be vintage cars and living history re-enactors in period costume.
Throughout the week, the fly-in will honor the military with its “Salute to Veterans.” Sunday will focus on this theme with a review of military vehicles - from boats to cars to aircraft - during the air show. All veterans receive free admission on Sunday as well.
There are plenty of activities throughout the fly-in, including airplane rides and tours and a Navy F-18 simulator. But the fun doesn’t stop there; at dusk, visitors can head to the runway theater to see an aviation-themed movie each night. On Saturday, weather permitting; the sky will be aglow with hot-air balloons during their “night glow” event. Or you can wake up early on Friday or Saturday to see mass launches.
EAA members and others are invited to stop by the EAA exhibit to renew or start a membership and meet with EAA staff. EAA‘s Manager of Field Relations, Ron Wagner, will be giving daily forums on affordable flying and Sport Pilot regulations. “I’m looking forward to seeing EAA members who have become old friends,” he said “and seeing the distinct aircraft that can only be seen at Arlington.”
“The goal is expose people to aviation” Tolbert said, “Even if they don’t become pilots, they can gain an appreciation for what it means.”
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