Fourteen members of the Oregon Antique and Classic Aircraft Club flew in Thursday at the Grant County Regional Airport in John Day, bringing seven planes.

The group had made stops in Madras and Joseph, and while in John Day they visited Kam Wah Chung & Co. Museum.

Club members planned to leave Thursday afternoon for their final stop in Cottage Grove.

Tim Talen of Springfield, one of the founding members of the club, said the group enjoys flying vintage aircraft while touring Oregon.

“We fly around the state and promote aviation as much as we can,” he said. “We want to keep it around, and this is what we love to do.”

Talen brought his ’41 Interstate Cadet.

Wayne Boyter said the club also encourages younger people to become involved in aviation.

At times the group has had up to 40 aircraft, touring every other year, and Talen said people don’t have to be a pilot to join the organization.

Although they had a smaller group this year, members came from Oregon, California and Washington to join in.

“We support smaller airports with people flying from all over the place,” Talen said.

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