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RMRFI Enjoys Record Weekend


Attendees release balloons at the Front Range Field of Honor event. Photo by Mitch Bowers

The P-51 Mustang Val Halla and an F-15 during the Heritage Flight. Photo by Mitch Bowers

Attendees along the Front Range Airport flight line. Photo by Bruce Quackenbush

The ramp was full of people and planes for the Annual Rocky Mountain EAA Regional Fly In. Photo by Bruce Quackenbush

People line up to get a close-up look at a TBM Avenger. Photo by Mitch Bowers

The B-25 Pacific Prowler flies on Saturday. Photo by Mitch Bowers

Gary Rower flies his Stearman during an incredible sunset. Photo By Reggie Paulk

June 26, 2007 —By most measures, the 2007 Rocky Mountain EAA Regional Fly-In surpassed all previous events, as the event concluded Sunday, June 24, at Front Range Airport in Watkins, Colorado. "We had record-setting temperatures (in triple-digits Sunday), and we had record-setting attendance," said Jim Cimiluca, RMRFI director. We're very pleased with the overall event. We're especially thrilled with the three-day format."

The record weekend heat, coupled with the airport's high elevation (5,500 ft. ASL), created some very high density altitudes forcing the number of airplanes to forego flying in, Cimiluca noted. "Yes, that dampened the aircraft somewhat, especially over the weekend. But the overall attendance on Saturday alone outdid our entire gate in 2006."

Friday was pilot appreciation day and had the feel of a traditional fly-in day. Aircraft judging was conducted and the day concluded with the annual Barnstormers Ball. RMRFI welcomed special visitor Barrington Irving, the 23-year old who was on his last legs of completing his solo around the world flight, becoming the youngest - and first African American - to do so.

Saturday's Salute to the Military was extremely successful, featuring a missing man formation, Heritage Flight, 21-gun salute, and the official dedication of the Front Range Field of Honor. The special day allowed hundreds of veterans attended from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm/Desert Shield, and current military operations to honor their fallen comrades. Saturday finished with a twilight air show and balloon glow.

Forums and workshops were well attended, Cimiluca said. EAA's Ron Wagner, manager of field relations, presented an EAA chapter leaders update Friday and two other sport pilot-related forums. NAFI VPs Sandy and JoAnn Hill also held forums Saturday and Sunday.

"We saw a lot of smiling faces and received excellent feedback on the event," Cimiluca added. Organizers have already started planning for 2008, whose theme, "Flying With Adversity: What's Your Story?" will focus on overcoming barriers to flight.

To learn more about RMRFI 2007, visit www.rmrfi.org.

EAA Mourns Tragic Loss of Longtime Fly-In Announcers

EAA joins its fellow members in the Rocky Mountain and Copperstate Regional Fly-Ins in mourning the deaths of Herb Berkman (EAA 259634) and Terry Langen, (EAA 476184), who died Monday when the RV-6A they were flying in reportedly crashed short of the Greeley-Weld County (Colorado) Airport runway. Both were longtime event announcers at the Rocky Mountain and Copperstate EAA regional fly-ins. Rocky Mountain's event had just concluded on Sunday. Visit www.rmrfi.org for a heartfelt memoriam for Herb and Terry.

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