Ready to do a 'fly-by'? Airport Day to give looks at aircraft here April 5

A chance for the public to get up-close looks at a variety of aircraft will be offered Saturday, April 5, during “Airport Day.”

Hosting the free event, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Gillespie County Airport, will be the local Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 1088.

Expected to be on hand for the day will be several military-type planes, such as the Bird Dogs, flying in formation. In addition, a recently restored bi-wing Stearman will be on display.

A group of six Bonanzas will fly in formation at the beginning of the event and again around noon. Vintage planes and experimental aircraft will also make fly-overs throughout the day.

All types of general aviation crafts owned by local pilots (including bi-planes, high- and low-wing aircraft, vintage planes and some military vehicles) will available for viewing.

The Civil Air Patrol will have one of its planes on display, as well as provide representatives who will discuss the CAP.

Most of the displays and other activities will take place at the airport’s north ramp.

Antique automobiles will also be on display.

Hamburgers grilled on site and other refreshments will be available for purchase as a fundraiser for local Boy Scouts.

Membership in the local group, founded here in 1994 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, has increased from last year’s count of 35 to this year’s roster of 85 members.

Local meetings are held once a month (either on the second or third Saturday morning, depending on other schedules) at the Gillespie County Airport.

The club will have an information booth at “Airport Day”. Additional information is available by calling 997-8767 or going online to www.eaa.org.

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