Joseph Fly-in bigger and better

Published on August 8, 2017 2:53PM

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Amy Keiter smiles through the open doors of husband Robert Donatz’s Cessna 195 as she explains the rare plane to visitors at the 2016 Joseph Fly-In.

Kathleen Ellyn/Chieftain Amy Keiter smiles through the open doors of husband Robert Donatz’s Cessna 195 as she explains the rare plane to visitors at the 2016 Joseph Fly-In.

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A six-plane formation flight of the West Coast Ravens will kick-off the 9th annual Wallowa County Fly-in and Pancake Breakfast at Joseph Airport Saturday Aug. 12.

But first, Rep. Greg Barreto and Oregon State Sen. Bill Hansell will have breakfast with Fly-In fans, give a short speech on the aviation program begun at Joseph Charter School and take a plane ride before the Ravens start their routine.

Then it’s a day of aviation exploration for the whole family. Pilots from all over the west will be in attendance, Wany available to handle your questions about their crafts and experiences.

For the grounded, a static display of numerous aircraft spanning decades of aviation and an interactive educational kiosk for students, including Air Force memorabilia and a simulator, will intrigue and educate. That experience will be punctuated with exclamation points as Warbirds such as an F4U Corsair, an AT-6 “Texan” and a P-51 Mustang rip the skies in aeronautical displays against the scenic backdrop of the Wallowa Mountains. Plenty of folks will be itching to get up into the sky. They can. Vietnam, Korean and WWII veterans can queue up for a limited number of free rides on planes and other folks can arrange for a paid ride.

Touted as “The Best Little Airshow in Oregon,” this event is a fundraiser for the Northeast Oregon Aviation Foundation, which supports a high school aviation program open to students county-wide, coordinated with Treasure Valley Community College of Idaho. It also feeds the NEOA Foundation scholarship program, which pays for a student to receive flight training.

Admission is $10 at the gate for adults $10 at gate including breakfast, $5 entry without breakfast. Children 12 and younger $5 entry, breakfast is free. Gates open at 7 a.m. and the event ends at 2 p.m.

FLY-IN SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

7 a.m. –– Gates open. Star Spangled Banner and kit-built Van’s RV airplane flyby (a formation fly-by by the West Coast Ravens). Breakfast served and educational displays open.

7:10 a.m. –– Oregon State Rep. Greg Barreto and Sen. Bill Hansell arrive for breakfast and a scenic flight. Upon landing they will give short comments about local aviation educational efforts.

9 a.m. –– West Coast Ravens Formation Fly-bys

10 a.m. –– John French and his F4U Corsair Fly-by

-11 a.m.–– Mark Peterson and his P-51 Mustang Aerobatics



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