New runway serves Fly-In

Planes touch down on a realigned, and resurfaced, runway at Ken Jernstedt Airfield. File photo.

Photo by Kirby Neumann-Rea.
Planes touch down on a realigned, and resurfaced, runway at Ken Jernstedt Airfield. File photo.

The Hood River Fly-In will return to Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum Sept. 7-8.

It will be the first major event using Ken Jernstedt Airfield since the realignment of the runway in early 2013. The Port of Hood River shifted the runway 200 yards east.

The event will feature hundreds of antique and other aircraft, airplane and helicopter rides, food, author book signings and more.

On display will be planes in the WAAAM collection, in the hangars and on the field, as well as visiting aircraft.

Admission is free to museum members, $12 adults; $10 seniors and veterans; $6 ages 5-18 and free to ages 4 and under.

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The event will double as a birthday party for WAAAM, which is turning 6 years old.

Fly-In schedule

Saturday, Sept. 7

8 a.m. — Lions Club Pancake Breakfast (event admission required), featuring pancakes, sausage, eggs, juice and coffee

9 a.m. — Museum and Fly-in open (until 5 p.m.)

All day — Take a flight in a 1928 biplane, an airplane or a helicopter; prices vary

All day — Aircraft arriving and departing

11 a.m. — Lunch served (until 4 p.m.)

11:30 a.m. — Beer Garden opens

1 p.m. — 1912 Parker-Curtiss Pusher Rollout, with meet-n-greet with members of the Parker Pusher Restoration Crew

2 p.m. — Book signing by author John Trudel (until 4 p.m.)

2 p.m. — Book signing by author Marc Paulsen (until 4 p.m.)

2 p.m. — Cutting the Birthday Cake: WAAAM is 6 years old!

3 p.m. — Airplane judging

6 p.m. — Awards dinner and silent auction: Tri-tip dinner tickets are $20 (Catering by the West Side Volunteer Fire Department)

9 p.m. — Movie

Sunday, Sept. 8

8 a.m. — Lions Club Pancake Breakfast starts (event admission required), featuring pancakes, sausage, eggs, juice and coffee.

(Aircraft usually start departing after breakfast so don’t be late!)

9 a.m. — Museum opens (until 5 p.m.)

11 a.m. — Lunch served (until 4 p.m.)

11 a.m. — See WAAAM’s planes out and about (all day)

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