The skies may be full this weekend, as the free Great Bend Municipal Airport Air Festival and Fly-In brings in a wide variety of historic and futuristic aircraft for the public to see and experience, according to Airport Manager Martin Miller.
One of the planes will be a UC-79 Bobcat, a multi-engine trainer from World War II,
Also, there will be a historic World War II Beechcraft MOD-18 C-45 “Expeditor” N40074, from the Cimarron Strip Squadron
“Our C-45 Expeditor was meticulously restored as the one Major General Ira Eaker used as commander of the Army’s 8th Air Force in Europe during WWII.
“The US Army Air Corps purchased over 4,000 of these rugged aircraft and used them in a number of various specialized tasks and missions,” according to information from the CSS.
“The Cimarron Strip Wing supports and maintains the C-45 by exhibiting it at Air Shows, selling tax-deductible airplane rides. Rides cost $50 per person and all passengers must be 18 years or older.”
The air show, which is free to the public throughout the weekend, will have a wide variety of other aircraft for people to see, Miller added, noting “the number of fly-ins and performers has substantially increased, and the public will be able to view a lot of aviation activity all three days, especially Saturday.”
Miller said the event will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Miller is encouraging the community to come out each day of the free event, adding there will be all sorts of snacks and food available, and a special remote control night show, planned for Saturday evening.