Flight Fest returns to Chatham airport

A B-17 at Chatham-Kent Flight Fest in July 2014. (Photo by Trevor Thompson)

The Chatham-Kent Municipal Airport will be buzzing with activity on Saturday, June 1.

Chatham-Kent Flight Fest is back after the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association of Chatham-Kent took over the event from the Air Cadets.

“This particular event is shaping up to be the largest aviation experience here in Chatham-Kent ever,” said Communications Director Aaron McPhail. “We have a lot of really, really cool aircraft coming, we have a couple cold war jets that will be flying in. We are encouraging all the aircraft that are flying into the area to do a pass over Chatham so people can see them.”

The event runs from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and is free, but donations are being accepted.

“We have some Trojan jet trainers, we also have a Beech 18, and different aircraft that will be out there,” said McPhail. “We’re really excited, we have the Canadian Harvard Acrobatic team coming to Chatham, and we also have the OPP Golden Helmets doing a performance at 1:30 p.m.”

McPhail added that it’s a great chance to get up close and personal with the aircraft.

“Everyone will have access to all these aircraft, and they’ll be able to walk up, talk to the pilots, have a really close look at the different aircraft that are there. There’s aircraft that are old, and there’s modern aircraft that will be there as well.”

Rides on the Yankee Air Museum, C47 “Hairless Joe” are sold out, but McPhail said they are planning to sell some walk up rides at the end of the day around 2:30 p.m. or 5 p.m.

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