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Friendly Arlington Celebrates 39th Fly-In

 

Arlington's night air show was Saturday night.
Arlington's night air show was Saturday night.

The sleek Reno racer, Nemesis NXT, was a main attraction Sunday at Arlington.
The sleek Reno racer, Nemesis NXT, was a main attraction Sunday at Arlington.

Julie Clark in her T-34 on the Salute To Veterans Day.
Julie Clark in her T-34 on the Salute To Veterans Day.

July 19, 2007 — The 39th annual Arlington EAA Regional Fly-In (Northwest Regional Fly-In) had another successful run July 11-15 at Arlington, Washington, Municipal Airport. Fly-in President Barb Tolbert, noted, ?We had great weather, attendance for the most part was on par with last year, and we?re very pleased with how the event went.?

The fly-in?s highlight was Sunday?s Salute to Veterans Day, which featured military vehicles on parade, a terrific Warbirds air show, fly-bys by Prowlers and P-3s from Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, and many military veterans in attendance who received free admission on the specially designated day.

Other weekend highlights included the large balloon glow Friday and Saturday?s pyrotechnics air show. Kids Day opening day catered to more than 1,200 youths with attractions from the Pacific Science Center and the Museum of Flight. ?They were very well received by the kids,? Tolbert said.

A full slate of forums, including several on sport pilot/light-sport aircraft by EAA?s Ron Wagner, were well attended. Speaking of sport pilot, there was a sizeable LSA area dedicated to displaying several LSA models. The buzz surrounding LSA at Arlington was evident.

Wagner also hosted several area EAA Chapter members at a forum and received good feedback and suggestions for improved operations.

As usual, the campground was filled to capacity in what resembled a big family reunion. But that?s never unusual at Arlington. ?It?s a very friendly fly-in, from the top to the bottom,? Tolbert said. ?People are able to plan to camp with their friends, they make a lot of acquaintances, kids get together year after year. You can see that camaraderie everywhere.?

Arlington works hard to let the volunteers know that while they have specific responsibilities, they?re part of the overall team effort.

?It was a very well-attended fly-in,? Tolbert continued. ?We?re very pleased with the results this year, and we?re already making plans for the big 40th anniversary in 2008.? That milestone event will occur July 9-13, 2008.

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