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Hats Off to Arlington

Dreamliner makes special fly by

Arlington Fly-In
A beautiful Ryan STA is parked in front of the new Red Barn in the Vintage Aircraft area of the Arlington Fly-In. Photo by Ryan Tolbert.

Arlington Fly-In
Boeing Dreamliner N787FT provided a grand opening to the air show Thursday with two low passes. Photo by Tom Clark.

July 8, 2010 — Visitors to the Arlington Fly-In got a real treat Thursday as a Boeing 787 Dreamliner made a fly-by to provide an exciting opening to the afternoon air show. The airplane, still undergoing test flights, made two low passes before the cheering crowd.

The fly-in started Wednesday and unlike some past years, Mother Nature has been extremely cooperative. “We’re having a wonderful run of incredible weather,” said fly-in Executive Director Barbara Tolbert. The sun is shining and temperatures are forecast in the mid-to-upper 80s - with no hint of rain forecast through the weekend. The fly-in, which runs through Sunday, July 11, will feature everything from hot-air balloons and RC aircraft to the most modern naval jets and everything in between.

One of the newest attractions on the Arlington landscape is the Red Barn in the Vintage Aircraft area. From the way EAA Manager of Field Relations Ron Wagner described the project, it’s EAA through and through. “One person cut down the trees from his land, and a portable milling machine was brought in to cut the boards. Then they were dried with fans. Volunteers put it together in four different sections. Since it’s located on airport property, the sections make it easier to move before and after the event. It’s really neat - all built by volunteers at little cost to the fly-in.”

The Red Barn is a part of the newly renovated Vintage Area, which features designs dating back to World War I. Vintage Day is Friday, July 9, where in addition to historic aircraft, there will also be vintage cars and living history re-enactors in period costume. Featured inside are items from the Skagit Aero Education Museum of Concrete, Washington.

This year’s fly-in honors the military with a “Salute to Veterans,” with a particular focus on Sunday’s review of military vehicles - from boats to cars to aircraft - during the air show. All veterans receive free admission on Sunday as well.

Also scheduled at the fly-in are airplane rides and tours; fly-bys from the Paul Allen Flying Heritage Collection; a tank demonstration Friday and Saturday; and a Navy F-18 simulator. Evenings feature aviation-themed movies at the runway theater, and on Saturday night, weather permitting; the sky will be aglow with hot-air balloons during their “night glow” event. Mass launches are also scheduled for Friday and Saturday mornings.

EAA Chapter 84 of Snohomish, Washington, is exhibiting several member projects, highlighting the various construction methods to promote EAA and the Homebuilt movement. Attendees are invited to stop by and visit.

Wagner also has daily forums scheduled on affordable flying and Sport Pilot regulations. “I’m looking forward to seeing EAA members who have become old friends,” he said “and seeing the distinct aircraft that can only be seen at Arlington.”

“The goal is expose people to aviation” Tolbert said, “Even if they don’t become pilots, they can gain an appreciation for what it means.”

For complete schedule and fly-in information, click here.

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