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November 10, 2010

Fairview Fly-In slated for Saturday

FAIRVIEW — The 59th annual Fairview Fly-In and Air Show is set for Saturday at Davey and Bessie Martens Airport.

Billed as the world’s oldest free fly-in, this year the event will feature aerobatic glider pilot Paul Jennings, 2009 U.S. glider aerobatic champion, and other acts, including Julia and Tony Wood, Bob Pezoid and parachute jumper Chuck Powell, said promoter Teresa Regier.

Powell is said to fly one of the most aggressive glider shows in the world. The aircraft, a Swift S-1, the most aerobatic glider in the world is capable of 178 mph. The glider will release from a tow rope after being towed several thousand feet into the air by a tow plane and will begin a number of maneuvers.

The Woods, of Akroville, Texas, will fly two types of aircraft in their show. Julia began flying in 1981 while a freshman in high school at St. Paul, Minn. She received her private pilot’s license at 17 and her multi-engine aircraft rating while at student at Purdue University. She began her aerobatic career in 1996 at Harvey and Rihn Aviation in LaPorte, Teas where she met her mentor, Tony, who encouraged her to begin competing.

She competed on the U.S. Advanced Aerobatic Team at the World Advanced Aerobatic Contest in Slovenia. In 2004, she was manager for the Advanced World Aerobatic Team, which competed in Sweden and in 2006 in Poland. She also is contest director for several of the Okie Dust Devil Contests, which she and Tony established in Weatherford in 1997. She will fly  both a Pitts S-2B and the Sukhoi 26.

Tony graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford and obtained flying certificates in Vero Beach, Fla.

He formerly taught aerobatics while flying cargo planes at night. He was hired in 1995 by American Eagle Airlines and has served as both first officer on the Embraer and captain on the Saab 340.

He performs in a Sukhoi 26 in the unlimited category and performs aerobatics displays and airshows in the Sukhoi 26, Pitts S-2b and the Turboshark.

A free breakfast will be available for all fly-in participants 7-10 a.m. People driving in can eat for $4.

At 10:45 a.m. a veterans ceremony will be held and lunch will be served 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., featuring hamburger and pizza. The show starts at 1 p.m.

“We are also having a reunion of the Barnstormers remote control models planes club during the morning,” Regier said.

In addition to the live-action air show, there will be a static display of many types of aircraft, possibly including the KFOR television helicopter.

The field will close at 12:45 p.m. for the show.

Regier said a large crowd is expected, depending on the weather.

 

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