Monday, June 09, 2014

Fort Morgan Municipal Airport (KFMM), Colorado: Fly-in hosts vintage aircraft - Enjoy Lions Club breakfast

J.P. Thibodeau
When the Fort Morgan airport hosts a fly-in of aircraft, some of them are often of World War II or pre-war vintage.

This year, the Fly-in will be held Saturday, June 21, with the Lions Club breakfast starting at 7:30 a.m.

It continues a tradition older than the Glenn Miller SwingFest.

The fly-in breakfast was started by the Fort Morgan Lions Club before the Glenn Miller SwingFest began, organizer Vernon Tryon said.

Then the events were merged, said Tryon, who has been helping promote the fly-in since its beginning.

The fly-in has been one of the most popular SwingFest activities each year, he said.

"It's a great way to show off our airport, both to Morgan County residents and pilots from a hundred miles around. It's been a major fundraiser for the Lions Club, which typically serves breakfast to 400 people."

It has been a great addition to the Glenn Miller weekend which now benefits the School for the Performing Arts, Tryon added.

Local supporters join together to buy fuel for pilots of WWII era aircraft who fly in and display their beautiful planes.

"The pilots like it because they can show off their planes and talk with people first hand about them," Tryon said. "It's a family event and a great way for people to see the planes up close."

The fly-in and parking are free. The Lions Club breakfast is $6.


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