Aviation Day returns to the Columbus Municipal Airport for the fourth time from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, featuring an air show, pancake breakfast, airplane rides and children’s activities.
This year’s free-admission event celebrates the 75th anniversary of Bakalar Air Force Base in Columbus. It will also highlight the 25th anniversary of the Atterbury-Bakalar Air Museum.
An estimated 5,000 people are expected to attend Aviation Day, designed to highlight all aspects of aviation, airport director Brian Payne said.
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There are plenty of opportunities for visitors to take flight themselves.
Young Eagle Flights will provide free airplane rides to children ages 8 to 17 through the Experimental Aircraft Association.
Waldo Wright’s Flying Service will provide 15- to 20-minute aircraft rides with its airplane, known as the New Standard D-25, which can hold a maximum of four individuals, at $75 per person.
JeffAir, the airport’s fixed-base operator, will take passengers aboard its three-person Cessna 172 aircraft for $35 a person.
Two air shows, scheduled at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., will feature airplane acrobatic acts by the Vanguard Squadron and pilots Vlado Lenoch and Bob Richards.
New to this year’s event will be a car show, the Bakalar Cruise-In, which will be open to various vehicle makes and models. Cost to enter the show is $10 per person, which can be paid the day of the event, with awards being given out in the afternoon.
Aviation Day visitors are welcome to bring lawn chairs for seating.
Aviation Day will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 10 at the Columbus Municipal Airport, 4770 Ray Boll Boulevard. The event is free.