NATIONAL BIPLANE FLY-IN
BRINGS OLD AVIATION TO LIFE!
JUNCTION CITY (FREEMAN AIRPORT)
May 31-June 2, 2012:
For those who are tired of seeing dusty antique aircraft in museums, here's a chance to see them come alive, roaring through the sky with the excitement of the nation's largest annual gathering for flying biplanes. Dozens of living, breathing, flying antiques -- many built in the 1920s and 1930s, some built in Kansas --
will converge on this north-central Kansas town from all over the country... including at least one biplane selling exciting open-cockpit rides. Helicopter rides are scheduled, too. [UPDATE: The rides were canceled.]
Historic exhibits, a flight-simulator for kids, lots of food and aviation vendors, and a presentation by the EAA on current general aviation affairs, round out the event. Lots of opportunities to examine these planes up close, see and
photograph them cavorting in the sky, and visit with the owners and pilots of these great living antiques, to get the flavor of aviation's "Golden Age."
Other great antique aircraft, and modern airplanes, too (especially Kansas-built planes) will be flying in to vie for awards for best-in-class.
Public admission is just $ 5 per carload on Saturday (free on Thurs./Fri.), and
for those who hate walking all over an airfield to see the planes, a free horse drawn wagon will shuttle you up and down all along the fabulous flightline, making this one
of the most affordable, accessible aviation events this year.
The event is in north-central Kansas, at Junction City, near Fort Riley at the junction of Interstate 70 and US Hwy. 77 -- a short drive east of the intersection of the state's main interstate highways: I 70 and I 135 -- just a few hours's drive, at most, from any corner of Kansas.
For those wanting to arrive early and overnight here, lodging in Junction City area may be full (due to a motorcyclists' convention -- the Kansas Harley Owners' annual gathering)... BUT very cheap camping and RV parking accommodations are available on or beside the airfield -- with possibly some cot space available in the air-conditioned armory on the field (first-come, first-serve).
This is one of the biggest aviation events this year displaying living Kansas Aviation History. It's an extraordinary chance to see early Kansas aircraft and their competitors, alive and flying, and see what made Kansas aircraft the nation's most popular light airplanes -- starting in the 1920s, and continuing to this day. Come see the show!
UPDATE: Courtesy of show announcer John 'Hoot' Myers (and his partner), KAC's Chairman, Richard Harris, got to do a bit of the announcing, sharing Kansas aviation history details about the aircraft, and summarizing the Centennial. Thanks, Hoot & friend!!
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Richard Harris, Chariman,