Last Saturday, Wayne and I went to the annual Arlington Fly-in at the Arlington Airport, not surprisingly in, you guessed it, Arlington.
This important aviation event has been going since 1969. It started as an EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) get together and spaghetti dinner.
It has grown a lot since then. It's even grown since Wayne and I first attended in a rented Piper Warrior in 1984.
That trip included a funny story. We had just spent a wonderful night at the Paradise Ranch in Grants Pass, Oregon (now closed). We enjoyed the local wine so much we bought two bottles to take with us.
|Airplane camping at the 1984 Arlington Fly-in.|
When we landed at Arlington, everything was soaked in wine, so our plane became and impromptu clothes line. Good thing we didn't have to explain the strong odour of alcohol to anyone for a couple of days until we could get to an laundromat!
|We meet up with Bob from Powell River.|
The last day was overcast, but the rain held off for the three days of the event. There's still camping on the field next to your airplane.
As we were walking around, we found our friend Bob from the Westview Flying Club in Powell River. He comes every year with his Tri-Pacer.
|Flight of eleven approaching in an arrow formation.|
We didn't stay long enough for the show, but that didn't matter. All day long there were airplanes coming, going and flying in unique formations.
This group of eleven planes went overhead several times. Their last maneuver was the flying arrow for obvious reasons.
The Arlington Fly-in is every year in mid-July. Mark your calendar and watch their website.
The entrance fee for walk-ins was $15 and children 15 and under were free. They even had a special kids day, making it a great family event. Have an airplane? People arriving by air get a reduced rate. Maybe next year we'll fly 997 down and camp with our friend Bob. -- Margy