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Chillicothe News - Chillicothe, MO
  • Record year for Fly-In

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  • Ten pilots flew 134 Young Eagles and 99 others at the Chillicothe EAA Chapter 944 area Fly-In.
    Blue skies and a high in the 80's created the perfect backdrop for the fly-in event as pilots were able to begin earlier than expected.
    According to pilot Jim Summerville, cooler morning air and ground temperatures make for a smoother flight.
    Flights for Young Eagles began even before the opening ceremony, which took place at 8:30 a.m. Local Honor Guards participated with Connie Martin singing the National Anthem. Mayor Chuck Haney, Aaron Herring, the club's $1,000 Scholarship recipient and Micah Blakely, one of the Advanced Air-Academy recipients spoke. The last Young Eagle flight went up at approximately 2:30 p.m.
    The event served around 300 patrons for breakfast and lunch.
    Money raised will go towards the scholarship fund.
    Throughout the day, 15 pilots flew in from Warrensburg, Tarkio, Cameron, Trenton, Brookfield, Lee's Summit, Lake Viking, Kidder Altamont, Winnegan and Shawnee and Leawood, KS.
    Pilots included: Jim Summerville, Larry Warren, Doyle Leppin, Don Bryan, Bill Kiefer, Raymond Hamilton, Randy Stockwell, Dyle Wilson,Cliff King and Bill Singer. Other EAA members assisting were Pat O'Donnell, Jerry Sturguess and Jim Totton.
    Congressman Sam Graves flew in in his 1941 Boeing Stearman and did his routine for the crowd.
    Other highlights and booths included: Life-Flight Eagle helicopter, Local Boy Scout troop 120 there assisting in parking cars,Pilots for Christ booth, Green Hills Remote Control Group, Sydenstrickers, Superior Coating, US Army and National Guard display, Cornerstone Church Bounce House, three local car dealerships, kids activities including face painting by Rhonda Webb and assistants.

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