The yearly fly-in at the El Dorado Captain Jack Thomas Memorial Airport drew a crowd of children, parents and grandparents Saturday morning.
The event was started off with a pancake breakfast, served by Boy Scout Troop 222. The breakfast was served on the lawn just far enough away from the tarmac to enjoy the meal while the planes move into position.
After breakfast, many patrons took the time to walk the tarmac and check out all the colorful aircraft.
“It’s interesting to see all the different planes up close,” commented patron Brett Angler.
Many of the youngest patrons took the opportunity to sit in the cockpits of the planes and learn what some of the controls do to keep the planes in the air.
“It was really fun,” said young patron Newell Marsh.
The highlight of the event for the braver children between the ages of 8 and 17 in the crowd was the free airplane rides provided by the Wichita EAA Young Eagles Program. The pilots present flew the planes over the airport and parts of the town before returning to the airport.
The event also featured flying games for the pilots flying in.
In all, most patrons left the airport with a greater understanding of small aircraft and an appreciation for the science of flight.