The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

June 20, 2013

Pilots will be tested during spot landing contest at Woodring


Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Concentration, control, and finesse — that’s what putting an airplane on a specific spot requires.

Saturday morning, local and visiting pilots will have the chance to put those qualities to the test as Enid Woodring Regional Airport hosts a spot landing contest during the monthly airport fly-in breakfast.

Breakfast is buffet style and open to the public. The meal is $7 each and begins at 8 a.m.

Spot landing contest starts at 9 a.m., with pilots receiving their instruction briefing at 8:30 a.m. The winner of the contest has his or her name engraved on a permanent plaque at the airport terminal.

Enid’s World War II Douglas A-26 Invader, “Lady Liberty,” will be on display on the ramp in front of the airport terminal.

The Commemorative Air Force “Lady Liberty” has been based here for a year after relocating from Wiley Post Airport in Oklahoma City. It will be open for ground tours. Members of the CAF will be on hand to answer questions about the plane and its history.

Crew members also will explain opportunities to join the group and participate in air shows and events with the bomber support personnel. Local volunteers and donations are critical to maintaining the aircraft and the only membership requirement is desire to preserve the heritage of historical aircraft like the A-26.

A-26 crew members travel with the airplane to events like the June 8 Ada Air Expo. The aircraft partnered with a T-6 Texan and simulated bombing runs and strafing runs in support of ground forces under fire from enemy troops.

Shawnee native Virgil Affentranger, one of the visitors to the Ada Air Expo, stopped for a tour of the A-26 and told “Lady Liberty” crew members about his flights on a similar bomber while stationed in Japan.