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Biplanes Set Fly-In Event On Saturday

INDEPENDENCE -- Those with an affinity for open skies and aircraft from simpler times, take heart. The second annual Independence Biplane Fly-in will take place on Saturday, July 18.

INDEPENDENCE -- Those with an affinity for open skies and aircraft from simpler times, take heart. The second annual Independence Biplane Fly-in will take place on Saturday, July 18.

Community members will have a chance to see rare aeroplanes, pre-World War II biplanes, Stardusters and other more modern aircraft.

About 40 classic cars, many from local Studebaker and MG Clubs, will also be showcased in a traditional cruise-in.

There is no admission charge for the event, which takes place at the Independence State Airport and is coordinated by the local chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 292.

It starts with a coffee and donut sale at 10 a.m. at the EAA Hangar on Airport Road. A Bratwurst barbecue lunch -- an EAA fundraiser -- takes place from noon to 2 p.m.

Pilots from across the Pacific Northwest will be landing their planes between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The Starduster Caf‚, located next to the airport, will be open serving meals from 7 a.m through 3 p.m.

There will be rides available in a 1930 New Standard biplane -- one of only five still flying today -- for $60 from Nostalgic Biplane Rides of Buena Vista, and helicopter rides -- cost is $10 to $20 -- provided by Jerry Trimble Helicopters of McMinnville.

Last year's fly-in was one of the largest in the country, with nearly 60 biplanes -- almost twice as many as the Annual National Biplane Fly-In in Bartlesville, Okla., according to EAA Chapter 292.

For more information: Scott Savage, 503-838-4635; e-mail to N9276L@yahoo.com.

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