National Biplane Fly In Attracts Thousands To Junction City's Airport

By: Lindsey Rogers Email
By: Lindsey Rogers Email

JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (WIBW) -- Thousands flocked to Junction City this weekend to see pieces of aviation history up close.

The National Biplane Fly In brought biplanes, experimental and fixed wing planes from across the country to Freeman Field in Junction City.

Original planes from as far back as the 1920s and 1930s were brought in as well as reproductions- aircrafts organizers say members of the public would typically have to go to a museum to see.

“The one neat thing about the biplane fly in that you won’t get at the Smithsonian is when you go to a museum sitting and hanging static and it’s quiet in the museum. Out here, you hear them fire up and belch the smoke and roll down the runway and it’s a complete experience when you get around these big old biplanes,” said organizer Jim Clark.

A formation flying contest got underway Saturday afternoon. Guest could walk the plane parking area and get up close to the planes and talk with the pilots. Static display and vendors were also on-site.

"It’s just a great place to come out and interact with planes and the pilots and see what’s going on in aviation," said Rick Dykstra with the Geary County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The event attracts between 2,000-5,000 people each year.

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