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Orcas Fly-in this weekend

July 29, 2014 · 5:07 PM

Annual Orcas Fly-In from Aug. 1 to 3. / Contributed photo / Sammy Payne

Everyone is invited to come out to the airport for the 31st Annual Orcas Fly-In from Aug. 1 to 3.

Sponsored by Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 937, the event brings together airplanes and pilots from around the West and Canada each year for flying and camaraderie.

Airplanes begin arriving on Aug. 1 around noon, and most stay until Sunday morning. Volunteers are needed to be “wing-walkers” on Saturday to help park the incoming airplanes. Call Dwight Guss at 317-5970 or Gil Blinn at 376-6579 if interested.

Activities include a fly-by of the Blackjack squadron of RVs (small experimental aircraft) from Arlington around noon on Saturday. Alan Anders and Craig Nelson will be flying their military planes in formation. The volunteer firefighters will hold their annual pancake breakfast both Saturday and Sunday mornings beginning at 7 a.m. at the Firehouse across the street. Hamburgers and hotdogs will be sold on Friday and Saturday at the fly-in, along with ball caps and tee shirts that feature a drawing of Richard Bach’s airplane, Puff. Frank Loudin will also have his artwork on display.

There is no charge to attend the fly-in.

Nearby, the Orcas Road Classics will host its 15th annual Car Show on Aug. 2. The show is free for all, but they use this opportunity to help the food bank so a $10 donation per car is suggested.

All cars, trucks, motorcycles and anything on wheels are invited to attend. The show starts at 10 a.m., will wrap up at around 3 p.m. and is located at the Airport Park on the corner of North Beach Road and Mt. Baker Road.

Entrants need to park and register between 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m.


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