The 50th annual Fall Festival of Flight, hosted by the Texas chapter of the Antique Airplane Association and made possible by the cooperation of the City of Gainesville, begins today at Gainesville Municipal Airport.
The three-day event emphasizes the aircraft of yesteryear and will be notable for its anniversary theme, which celebrates five decades of the fly-in’s endurance.
“A fly-in is a chance to step back in time and see the airplanes that carried the mail, barnstormed the mid-west, won World War II, or pioneered the airline routes,” the association’s website quoted member Ric Ryburn. “When you go to a fly-in, you see those friends who you've flown with or traded outrageous flying stories with — or you meet that aviation legend you read about as a kid.”
Airplanes participating in this weekend’s fly-in will include antiques, classics, warbirds, replicas and homebuilt airplanes, all on display throughout the event. All aircraft are welcome.
The weekend will also include static displays, group fly-bys, food, plenty of flying activities, fun and educational seminars for kids. Visitors can spend time at the hangar’s “fly-mart” and possibly find that special aircraft part they've been looking for. Aircraft judging, as well as exhibits, forums and vendors, are on the schedule. Discounts on fuel and door prizes are also planned.
Schedule of events
1 to 5 p.m. — Registration in the Tomlinson Hangar: “Fly-In” T-Shirts, caps and other items are available for sale. Tickets for Friday night’s hamburger cookout and Saturday night banquet are for sale. And the “Fly-Mart” is open to accept items and the sale of others. Soft drinks, snacks and aviation-related items will be available for purchase in the vendor area.
5 to 6 p.m. — Happy hour. At 6 p.m., the cookout begins, with desserts provided by association members. Visiting musicians Randy Nunn and Linda Wallace will perform.
7 a.m. — The events continue, with a pancake breakfast until 10 a.m. Buddy rides and fly-bys are all day, and lunch is available from 11 a.m. to 2 pm. From 2 to 3 p.m. aviation education forums will commence. Happy hour is 5 to 6 p.m., followed by awards, recognitions, door prizes and the main banquet.
8 a.m. to 10 a.m. — Farewell. Coffee and doughnuts included.