A wide variety of aircraft will be on display — on the ground and in the air — at Great Bend Municipal Airport in the Airport Air Festival and Fly-In, set for Sept. 17 through 19
A B-17, C-45 and a C-47 will be available for flights and tours during the event. There will also be a 1946 Fairchild 24, a variety of Stearman biplanes as well as other vintage aircraft.
But there will also be an assortment of modern planes and even futuristic model aircraft involved in the free event, which will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, according for information from Airport Manager Martin Miller.
There has been some misinformation about the event, however, according to Miller.
While there will be free flights raffled off during the festival, they will NOT be on the B-17. There will, however, be flights sold on that historic aircraft.
One of the modern additions to the show will be “Flying Babe,” the performance name of Kelly Pietrowicz, aerobatic pilot from Oklahoma.
Miller announced this week that Flying Babe will be part of the local festival.
According to information from Flying Babe, she “formed Happy Aerobatics LLC where she provides the opportunity for people to enjoy the thrill of aerobatic rides. She provides training in unusual attitude recovery and spin training for pilots. She competes at sanctioned (acrobatic flying) events, and has won several awards and one state championship.”
Miller is encouraging the community to come out each day of the free event.
There will be all sorts of snacks and food available, and a special remote control night show, planned for Saturday evening, he reported.