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Arlington Fly-In Begins Next Wednesday

Arlington 2010
Vintage aircraft at the 2010 Arlington Fly-In.

June 30, 2011 –The 43rd annual Arlington Fly-In gets under way next Wednesday, July 6, running through Sunday, July 10, at the Arlington Municipal Airport in Washington. This is the last major regional aviation fly-in event before AirVenture and although Arlington is one of the largest aviation events in the country, attendees say it has a grassroots, down-to-earth feel to it.

The event will feature a full schedule of workshops, nearly 140 forums, more than 150 exhibitors, and an air show each afternoon. There are also food vendors and gift shops located throughout the grounds. Some of this year’s attractions include tours and flights on the B-17 Sentimental Journey, a fully restored 1928 Boeing 40C, and a full-scale reproduction of a 1933 Stinson Model O.

Opening Day Wednesday is Kid’s Day at the Fly-In, where kids can participate in activities such as flight simulators, candy airplane making, and face painting. The activities start in the morning with a special air show beginning at noon. Kids under the age of 15 receive free admission, and the activities tent is also open daily.

Discounted tickets are still available for purchase. Visitors are welcome to fly or drive to the event and can camp during the week or stay in a local hotel. Last year’s event hosted more than 1,200 campers. For more information, click here.

Coinciding with the Arlington Fly-In this year again is the West Coast Cherokee Fly-In. Karl Bergey, designer of the Piper Cherokee, will attend the event and will be the keynote speaker on Friday night. Other West Coast Cherokee Fly-In events include a flying scavenger hunt, a Whidbey Island NAS tour (includes touring the tower and P-3 Orion simulator flights), and a hangar party with dinner and live music on Saturday night. For more information, click here.

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