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Spread Your Wings at Hoosier Fly-Inís

Grissom 903My family is centered on aviation. Two members are involved with the Air Force and the rest of us have internalized much information about planes from them.

So when we have an opportunity to attend an air show, we do it! I found a schedule of Hoosier air shows for 2015 and weíve already plotted which ones we can attend.

Air shows are great family events. They are usually free because the promoters want kids to develop an interest in aviation. The exhibits are always awesome! Whether it is military heritage planes or copters or other types of aircraft, they are unique and different. Whatís also nice is that air shows are often fundraisers. They may also have booths to promote worthy causes like Honor Flight for Northeast Indiana and other groups that take military veterans to Washington DC for free.

Hints for attending an air show:

  1. Take sun protection. Caps, sunscreen and plenty of water are all necessary since youíll walk around on hot surfaces much of the day. Food vendors are usually available at well-sized events.
  2. Attend early for strategic parking.
  3. Handicap accessibility can be limited.
  4. Some air shows do not have rain dates. Check their websites for current weather conditions in the area.

This is a round-up of information about Hoosier air shows available yet this year. Select one that fits your schedule and plan to attend!

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Grissom 903

5th Annual Gus Fly-In Air Show

To benefit Downís Syndrome in Indiana

Grissom Air Reserve Base Approx. 10 miles south of Peru, Indiana on US Highway 31.

Saturday, June 20

8am-1pm

$5 donation for breakfast or lunch

26 military aircraft including D21 drone

Exhibit hall

Flight simulator

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2 copters4th annual Goshen Rotors ‘n Ribs

Goshen Municipal Airport

17229 CR 42

574.238.1000

Largest gathering of copters in the nation.

green copter

Displays and seminars representing the helicopter and aviation community.

Ribs cooked by Tony’s Restaurant from Findlay, Ohio.

June 26-27, 2015

Parade of copters on Friday night

A run/walk at 8am on Saturday to benefit the Elkhart County 4H Aerospace Club.

Gates open to the public at 10am.

Rib tent opens at 11am.

All-copter air show opens at 1pm.

This event is free. Friday is for pilots only, while Saturday is open to the public with family-friendly activities

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Evansville Freedom Festival Air Show

Evansville Regional Airport

June 26-28

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Gary’s South Shore Air Show

Marquette Park

July 10-12

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Kokomo Wings & Wheels

Kokomo Municipal Airport

July 18

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Air Show of Warsaw and EAA Fly-In

Warsaw Municipal Airport

August 14-15

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Marion Fly/In Cruise/In

Marion Municipal Airport

September 05

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Elkhart Warbird Gathering

Elkhart Municipal Airport

October 3-4

For more information about air shows throughout the nation go to

http://www.milavia.net/airshows/calendar/showdates-2015-north_america.html

 

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Written by : Kayleen Reusser is a lifelong resident of northeast Indiana and loves to write about her home state to excite others about its treasures. She has written 11 childrenís books and had stories published in Chicken Soup, Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Bluffton News-Banner.