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Fly-In draws a crowd

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Published on September 11, 2018 4:58PM

Silvie Holliday, 9, and Clyde Holliday, 11, exit Frank Stinnett’s airplane during Saturday’s Fly-In at the Grant County Regional Airport in John Day.

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Silvie Holliday, 9, and Clyde Holliday, 11, exit Frank Stinnett’s airplane during Saturday’s Fly-In at the Grant County Regional Airport in John Day.

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Dave Traylor flies a flag over the Fly-In visitors on Saturday in his powered parachute aircraft.

Contributed photo/Charlene Ferguson

Dave Traylor flies a flag over the Fly-In visitors on Saturday in his powered parachute aircraft.

Fly-In volunteer Bonnie Watt walks with Sam, center, and Eric Bernard after their flight with Doug Ferguson.

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Fly-In volunteer Bonnie Watt walks with Sam, center, and Eric Bernard after their flight with Doug Ferguson.

Children run on the tarmac toward the candy drop during Saturday’s Fly-In event at the Grant County Regional Airport in John Day.

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Children run on the tarmac toward the candy drop during Saturday’s Fly-In event at the Grant County Regional Airport in John Day.

Ron Lundbom, left, chats with a visitor at Saturday’s Grant County Fly-In. Lundbom made a candy drop for children, flying his ultralight aircraft.

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Ron Lundbom, left, chats with a visitor at Saturday’s Grant County Fly-In. Lundbom made a candy drop for children, flying his ultralight aircraft.

Grant County Regional Airport Manager Haley Walker, left, organized Saturday’s Fly-In with plenty of volunteer help Grant County Air Search and others.

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Grant County Regional Airport Manager Haley Walker, left, organized Saturday’s Fly-In with plenty of volunteer help Grant County Air Search and others.

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Saturday’s Fly-In & Breakfast gave the opportunity for 79 children and chaperones to soar over Grant County.

Four seasoned pilots, Bob Bagett, Frank Stinett, Robert Watt and Doug Ferguson of Grant County Air Search provided 33 flights in all.

Tom Berry, also a longtime pilot with the air search crew, showed visitors his plane, discussing airplanes and aviation.

Ron Lundbom flew his ultralight over the event with a candy drop for the children, and Dave Traylor did a flyby in his powered parachute with the United States flag.

Children also had the opportunity to examine a Blue Mountain Hospital District ambulance.

The Forest Service opened their helicopter simulators for exploration, and Oregon Department of Forestry conducted a water drop from one of their helicopters pouring out 343 gallons of water.

The Snafflebit Dinner House offered a breakfast menu.

“We had a great turnout this year, and the weather was perfect for flying,” said airport manager Haley Walker who organized the event.











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