The Arlington Fly-In returns this year with a three-day run that’s shorter than previous years, from July 11-13, but it will still be offering its “Kids Day” on its opening day of Thursday, July 11, during which all children accompanied by adults are admitted for free. Activities begin at 9 a.m. and are set to include flight simulators, candy airplane making, face-painting, helicopters, “Bubble Mania” and a NASCAR simulator. While all groups and individual families are welcome, those with more than five children can make advance reservations by calling 360-435-5857.
The kids’ activity tents will remain open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on July 11-13, and air shows will run at the Fly-In from 2-5 p.m., with an additional air show on the evening of Saturday, July 13, sporting the talents of veteran pilots Bud and Ross Granley, John Mrazek, Dan Buchanan, Hans von der Hofen and Vicki Benzing. The air shows on Friday, July 12, and Saturday, July 13, will likewise be followed by vintage and warbird aircraft fly-bys, as well as military vehicle pass-and-review parades.
As in previous years, the Arlington Airport’s 25-foot outdoor movie screen will play family-rated movies from July 11-13, starting at dusk around 10 p.m. on Thursday, July 11, with “Escape From Planet Earth,” followed by “Always” on Friday, July 12, and “Skyfall” on Saturday, July 13, at roughly the same times.
The warbird area of the Fly-In will serve as the site for the Historic Flight Foundation’s P-51 “Impatient Virgin” from July 11-13, as well as the P-47 courtesy of Paul Allen’s Flying Heritage Museum on Saturday, July 13.
“You always meet a lot of interesting people at the Fly-In,” said Leslee Graves, who’s served as one of the youth volunteer leaders for the Fly-In. “When you talk to the veterans and old pilots, they have so much knowledge and wisdom to share. I knew nothing about airplanes when I first started volunteering here. It’s been a really cool experience to learn about all the work that goes into the aircraft, and the Warbirds and other artifacts are great too.”
On Friday, July 12, “Vintage Day” will showcase 1920s and ‘30s era aircraft, including displays by North Cascades Vintage Aero Museum in the red barn, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., while a “Hot Air Balloon Night Glow” is set to kick off at 9:30 p.m.
“That’s absolutely fantastic for the whole family,” said Janie Brown, who served as manager of aircraft registration for last year’s Fly-In. “It’s really neat to watch them light up.”
On Saturday, July 13, the Fly-In Car Show will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., featuring planes, tractors and automobiles, the latter including antiques, classics and hot rods. The aircraft judging awards will be presented at 5:15 p.m. and followed by a live performance by the Mukilteo Outrageous Jazz Orchestra at 7 p.m.
Live tank demonstrations are set to take place on Friday, July 12, and Saturday, July 13, and the Fly-In’s multitude of events will conclude with the “Night Pyrotechnics Air Show” on the evening of Saturday, July 13. Event organizers encourage attendees to arrive before 8 p.m. to pick up their tickets.
Shuttles will run between the Arlington Airport and downtown Arlington from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, July 12, and Saturday, July 13.
Whether attendees arrive by land or by air, the Arlington Airport has set aside a camping area for campers and trailers, complete with showers and restrooms, so that they can simply stay on site from Thursday, July 11, through their departures on Saturday, July 13.
“I wish I’d started going to the Fly-In sooner,” Graves said. “It offers so many opportunities.”For more information, visit the Arlington Fly-In website at www.arlingtonflyin.org.