The 2014 Prineville Airport Fly-In serves as an open house for the facility and is intended to show it off to community members

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - The 2014 Prineville Airport Fly-In will feature a variety of aircraft and classic show cars courtesy of the Crook County Rodders.

Planes and automobiles will take center stage later this month when the 2014 Prineville Airport Fly-In once again comes to town.

The event, now in its third year, will feature a variety of aircraft and show vehicles as well as food and events to keep visitors entertained throughout the day.

“I like to call it an airport open house,” said Airport Manager Kelly Coffelt, who is helping spearhead the event. “The main idea behind it is to get people from the community up to see the airport and see the aircraft up close.”

Aviation enthusiasts can expect to see about 30 to 40 aircraft of differing types from the AirLink air ambulance to planes from decades past.

“Last year, we had Hillsboro (Aviation) set their King Air out,” he said. “Airport users or people from the local area will bring out any aircraft we think of as antique or of high interest for people.”

Coffelt went on to say that they are trying to bring in some World War II aircraft from Erickson’s Aircraft Museum in Madras.

“So it could be the P-51 Mustang or the Corsair,” he said.

Joining the aircraft will be about 30 to 40 classic cars, courtesy of the Crook County Rodders. Including the show-quality vehicles meant to further increase interest in the event.

Although many of the aircraft will serve as display models for the Fly-In, others will take to the skies with attendees fortunate enough to catch a ride.

“Hillsboro will be offering discovery flights in either their Cessna 152 or 172,” Coffelt said. He added that they are trying to confirm helicopter rides with the company as well. In addition, Glider Club of Bend will offer rides on their glider aircraft.

For those interested in more than the cars and the planes, the Fly-In offers several options.

“The Bend Aero Modelers, which is a group that does remote control aircraft, was really popular last year,” Coffelt recalls. “They are giving some demonstrations, and I believe they had a simulator that was popular.”

The Humane Society of the Ochocos will also return, after pleasing visitors last year with their group of four-legged friends available for adoption.

“At least one dog was adopted,” Coffelt said.

Adding to the canine mix will be the Crook County Search and Rescue program, which is bringing one of their search dogs for visitors to meet.”

Taking place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Fly-In will start with a breakfast featuring pancakes, sausage, and assorted fruit, then later transition to a lunch where the menu will include hamburgers and hot dogs.

During the first two years, the event has drawn a strong turnout and Coffelt is hoping for the same, if not better, this time around. To enhance the experience, all of the displays have been brought together in the large lot behind the airport terminal.

“In previous years, we have had it out front in and in between some of the hangar rows,” he said, “so it was kind of split up before and difficult for people to understand there is more around the corner.”

Coffelt is hoping that the Fly-In will ultimately draw people up to the facility that may not ordinarily visit, so they can enjoy themselves and see what the airport has to offer.

“It is the big event of the year,” he concluded.

The 2014 Prineville Airport Fly-In will take place on Saturday, July 26, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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