Airport plans day of high-flying fun


Seymour Tribune file photo/ Dan Shirley, left, helps Jayse Davis, 6, and Miles Davis, 4, out of Mark Kendalls airplane duringlast year's Airport Awareness Day at Freeman Municipal Airport. This year's event, featuring plane rides and aviation displays will take place from 8 a.m. to

If you’ve ever wanted to fly in an airplane or just wanted to see one up close, then head for the annual Airport Awareness Day, which will be Saturday at Freeman Municipal Airport in Seymour.

The free daylong event, sponsored by Freeman Field Flying Association, will feature a variety of aircraft on display.

Several pilots will offer rides for a fee.

Hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Breakfast and lunch will be available, and there will be free guided tours of the Freeman Army Airfield Museum, which has many displays dedicated to the cadets who trained at the field during World War II.

In the past, several thousand people have attended, local pilot and association member Larry Bothe said.

“It’s a low-cost activity for families and a fun-filled way to spend the day,” he said.

This year, there will be a wider variety of aircraft available for people to look at, he said.

Freeman Field Flying Association pilots will volunteer their time to give airplane rides for $20 per person. All money will go back to the club to help pay for fuel and other event expenses.

Also being offered this year are helicopter rides for $30, provided by Jeff Elsner of Aerial Farmer.

Those who want an even bigger adrenaline rush can pay $100 for an aerobatic ride in a Stearman biplane or decathlon, planes which often are featured in air shows doing rolls, flips and dives. Or, for $150, guests can ride in a T-6 warbird.

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