Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Nebraska State Fly-In hosted by Alliance Municipal Airport (KAIA)

As part of Alliance’s 125th year of Building the Best Hometown in America, the Alliance Municipal Airport (AIA) is hosting the 2013 Nebraska State Fly-In on August 17th.

There will be no admission fee charged to attend, however a free will donation will be accepted.

The first Nebraska State Fly-In was held at the Alliance Municipal Airport (AIA) 20 years ago and is returning this year. Airplanes from across Nebraska and surrounding states will fly into the Alliance Municipal Airport to help celebrate the 21st annual Nebraska State Fly-In, 3rd anniversary of the Nebraska State Veterans Cemetery at Alliance, 70th anniversary of the Alliance Airfield Base and the 125th year of Building the Best Hometown in America.

Planes from around the region will gather to form a large static airplane display for the day. A P-51 Mustang and a C-47 Skytrain which was actually flown in Europe by men who were trained at the Alliance Airfield Base will also be shown. Tours of the aircraft will be available.

Exciting aerial demonstrations featuring Dagmar’s Aerobatic stunt plane, Harry Barr’s P-51 Mustang, Skyview R/C Club and the Mile-Hi Skydiving Exhibition Team will take place at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. A demonstration of the Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting truck will be given at 11 a.m. followed by a Police Dog demonstration at 12 p.m. and again at 3 p.m. Historic displays, vintage jeeps, Virtual Flight Simulator and remote control displays featuring World War II planes will be available throughout the day. Bring your lawn chairs to enjoy the demonstrations as bleachers will not be available for seating.

Young Eagle Flights EAA #608 will be offering free first time flights to area youth ages 8 to 17. Flight registration with parental permission will begin at 7 a.m. and will close at 9 a.m. or when the maximum number has been reached. Every effort will be made to accommodate as many young people as possible.

The Alliance Area YMCA will be serving breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. The Sallows Military Museum Allies will host a WW II Canteen lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Local non-profit vendors will have snacks available during the day as well.

In addition to the celebration at the Alliance Municipal Airport, tours will be available at the Nebraska State Veterans Cemetery at Alliance.

At 6 p.m. the festivities will begin at the Sandhills Drive-in Theater located north of the airport and will be hosted by the Alliance Chamber of Commerce. There will be food, fun and refreshments available. At dusk, the Disney feature movie “Planes” will be shown. Regular Sandhills Drive-in Theater prices will apply.

The Alliance Municipal Airport is located two miles east of Alliance on Highway 2 and 1 1/2 miles south on Country Road 57.

A full listing of events is available at www.FlyAllianceNE.com

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