Rowan County Airport fly-in to feature some classic airplanes
Publication Salisbury Post
Date September 13, 2006
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Brief Photo:58339,left,;By Jessie Burchette

Salisbury Post

A Russian MIG and a P-51 Mustang will be among the planes and other exhibits at the upcoming open house and fly-in at the Rowan County Airport.

Along with the planes, the airport will offe

By Jessie Burchette

Salisbury Post

A Russian MIG and a P-51 Mustang will be among the planes and other exhibits at the upcoming open house and fly-in at the Rowan County Airport.

Along with the planes, the airport will offer fun, food, flying and games for the kids on Saturday.

The event is intended to attract pilots as well as families.

The MIG and P-51 Mustang are among several planes scheduled to be on display.

The P-51 Mustang is credited with providing effective long-range bomber escort during the Allies' daylight bombing campaigns in World War II.

The MIG, the Aero Vodochody L-39 aircraft, is a low-wing aircraft designed for basic and advanced training, including weapon delivery practicing as well as light attacks.

Other aircraft scheduled for display include:

* Carolinas Historic Aviation Commission and Museum's Piedmont Airlines DC-3;

* Army OV-ID Mohawk;

* F-4 Phantom /KC-97 cockpits;

* Cessna 152, Cessna 172;

* N.C. National Guard UH-60 and OH-58 helicopters;

* T-28 Trojan;

* Diamond Aircraft "Premier"

* Cirrus S22;

* Air Care "Bell 212" helicopter;

* Experimental and light sport aircraft.

Helicopter rides on an R-22 copter will be available for $25.

The local Experimental Aircraft Association will hold a sport aircraft fly-in that is expected to draw dozens of planes.

The association will also hold light sport aircraft seminars throughout the day.

Businesses based at the airport will also participate in the open house, including briefings on services provided. These include: Alpha One Flight Services (flight school), Aircraft Painting and Interiors; and Carolina Avionics.

Tony Hankerson, airport manager, is extending an invitation to aviation fans and residents to visit the airport and check out the displays.

It's the second year the airport has held the open house and fly-in. The initial effort was a wash as heavy rains forced it to be rescheduled.

Hankerson and all those involved are hoping for good weather and large crowds on Saturday.

It's a great opportunity to get up close with a variety of new and historic aircraft.

The open house and fly-in will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The airport is located at 3670 Airport Loop Road, which is off of U.S. 29 south of Salisbury.

For more information, contact Hankerson at 704-216-7749 or e-mail at hankertm@co.rowan.nc.us.