The Open House Fly-In at Cheraw Municipal Airport Saturday, June 23, means free airplane rides for children ages 8 to 14, “and much, much more,” said Wendell Hall, manager for the airport.
Events will begin around 9:30 a.m., said Hall, and should taper off by 2 p.m., with the heat of the day. “There won’t be an air show, but war-birds will randomly fly in all day and will then be on display along with other vintage planes,” said Hall.
Military planes from World War II, such as the P-51 fighter planes, as well as the C-45 and C-47 cargo planes, will be on hand for the event. “The C-47 is the big, green, monster plane,” said Hall.
Antique cars and vintage aircraft will be assembled for good old fashioned show and tell sessions with their owners; and helicopter rides will be offered at $25 per person. There will even be a Bounce House for the smaller children.
Although plane rides will be offered free of charge for children, a parent must accompany the child and permission slips must be signed. The gas for the children’s plane ride is being donated by Hall.
“That’s my contribution,” said Hall, along with the planning of the event. “This event is mostly for the benefit of the local folks. We want people downtown to see what goes on out here and have a good time. We want them to realize how much a part of the community the airport is.”