Fly-In returns at full throttle

Gary Linehan, The Union Democrat

The 48th annual Father's Day Fly-In will take place Saturday and Sunday at Columbia Airport.

Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5.

Shortened last year because of the federal government shutdown and resulting lack of a control tower, the 2014 event is back in full force, with a temporary tower in effect both days.

Boy Scout Troop 570 of Sonora also will serve its annual pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. both days at the airport campground. All tickets are $7 and a free shuttle will be available. Proceeds will help fund troop outings and summer camp.

Airplane rides will be offered on Saturday. Springfield Flying Service will give Cessna rides for $45 per person and biplane rides for $100 (or $85 for fathers).

Vintage Aircraft will offer Twin Engine Beech-18 rides for $60 per person, with four seats available each trip.

Food and merchandise vendors will be present both days.

Ground and aerial displays also will be featured, along with contests and demonstrations.

The Saturday tri-tip dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. Dinner tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for children 12 and under, available at the door.

Live music will be provided by Chris Miller and Friends starting at 7 p.m.

Jim Thomas is this year's Fly-In chairman.

For more information, call 533-5685 or 536-0449.

The Union Democrat
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