Planes flying in May 11Published 2:00am Saturday, May 4, 2013
The spotlight will be on the Brewton Airport next weekend as planes as everything from remote-controlled planes to Navy training aircraft arrive for the annual Brewton Spring Fly-in.
The event — which is free to the public — will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 11.
This is the fourth year the municipal airport has hosted the event.
“That first year we wanted to spotlight the airport and let people know just what we have out here,” said Freddie McCall, operations manager at the airport. “Each year since that first one it has gotten bigger and better. It’s looking as if it will be even better this year. We have all kinds of airplanes coming including 30 remote controlled airplanes and jets. That should be a lot of fun.”
In addition to the remote control planes, McCall said there will be a car and motorcycle show and ride, powered parachutes, tail draggers, choppers, sport bikes, classic cars, customs, Cessna, Harleys, helicopters, gyros and a U.S. Navy T-6 Trainer.
There will also be a car show and motorcycle show, and new this year is a children’s section with pony rides, petting zoo and inflatables.
There will biplane rides for a fee and general concessions will be available and provided by the Brewton Kiwanis Club and Angel Food Concessions. They will include hamburgers, sausage dogs, chips, drinks and funnel cakes.
Dennis Dunaway and Ludon Simmons will emcee and host a live remote during the show.
McCall said he wanted to stress the fact that everything will be free except for the concessions and the plane rides.
“We are expecting 60 to 90 airplanes to be here,” McCall said. “The best thing is that the money that comes in will benefit our community and that’s the way we wanted it.”
Judy Crane, director of the Greater Brewton Area Chamber of Commerce, said that the event will be showcased on Thursday, May 9, on a “Road Trippin” segment of WEAR’s morning show.