By Robert Barron, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
FAIRVIEW, Okla. —
The 61st annual Fairview Fly-in, the oldest free fly-in in the United States, will be Nov. 10 at Davey and Betsy Martens Airport in Fairview.
Teresa Regier, of Regier Flying Service, said organizers hope to have between 100 and 200 planes this year. Regier hopes the weather will be conducive to a good show.
“I hope it’s a nice day like last Saturday. I hope its good for the show,” Regier said.
A free breakfast will be served 7-10 a.m. to those who fly in and $5 for those who drive. Lunch also will be served. The event is sponsored by Fairview Flight Club.
New performers this year are Curt Richmond, flying his Pitts S2B, and Chet Kuhn, who will fly a Pitts S1. Richmond became involved in competition aerobatics a few years ago and now is a regular on the competition scene, Regier said. He is based at Aero Country Airport in McKinney, Texas, and he lives in Frisco, Texas. He operates two companies in the Dallas metro area. He has been a licensed pilot more than 20 years.
Kuhn grew up in an aviation family. He received his private pilot and helicopter licenses by age 17, then continued his training and achieved flight instructor rating before graduating high school. He regularly flew until 2011, when he discovered aerobatics. He bought a Wolf Pitts, and seven months later became the U.S. sportsman aerobatic champion. He now competes in the advanced category and plans to make the U.S. advanced aerobatic team in 2013.
Also performing this year is the Lewis & Clark Performance FLS Microjet. Pilot Justin Lewis will fly the Microjet. A naval Reserve pilot instructor as a member of the Arkansas Air National Guard, Lewis began flying at 14 and received his pilot’s license at 17. He has flown the F-14D Tomcat and the E-6B Mercury, a Boeing 707 variant. In 2007, he was assigned to train Navy fighter and aircraft carrier pilots in the T-45 Goshawk. After 11 years of active duty, he joined the Air National Guard. He currently flies the A-10C and is a certified airline transport pilot.
Two radio-controlled flying clubs will attend the air show and have aircraft on display. They are Oklahoma Sooner Squadron from Guthrie and Spads R/C of Enid. Both clubs will perform demonstration flights, weather permitting.
A tribute to veterans is scheduled at 10:45 a.m.