The weather was FANTASTIC!
Pilots flew to Kansas from as far as Washington State and Florida to attend the National Biplane Fly In, June 3-4, 2016.
Slide Show photos courtesy of Don Thun, Midwest Aviation Photography
Here is what happened at the 2016 National Biplane Fly In:
Thursday, June 2
Early Arrivals - Pilot Shuttle available to and from area motels.
6:00 pm - Everyone welcome to join together for dinner at Bella's Italian Restaurant.
We had 50 pilots and crew enjoy plenty of laughs and a fantastic dinner at Bella's. Looking for a larger venue for next years Thursday evening gathering.
All time record of 29 airplanes in the pasture at Prairie Cottage and fed 60 hungry pilots and crew Hay wagon rides down to the Cowboy Action Shooting Range where guests could try their skill with cowboy guns under the watchful eye and direction of accomplished Cowboy Action Shooters.
6:00 pm - Pilots Pizza Feed and evening flying on the beautiful grass runways of Freeman Field.
100+ pilots and crew gathered at the Flint Hills EAA Chapter 1364 Hangar for Pizza and hangar flying. Three brave teams of pilot and co-pilot competed in a "Minute to Win It" competition for a gift certificate provided by Joe & Kathy Brull owners of B&B Aircraft Supplies one of our feature Vendors.
Saturday, June 4
Public day with Aircraft arrivals and flying all day. Pilot Shuttle available to and from area motels.
7:00 am - 10:00 am, Pancake Feed by Chris Cakes
8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Registered Pilots & Crew Hospitality Tent open on the Flight Line with free drinks for Registered Pilots and Guests.
Pilots Hospitality tent on the flight line was a huge success! Next year a bigger tent and all Pilot & Crew activities will be held in the Pilot Hospitality Tent on the flight line.
9:00 am - 1:00 pm, Aircraft judging, please register your aircraft.
Vendors will be serving lunch and treats on the ramp.
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Ice Cream Social for Pilots and Crew at Jim & Debby Clark's hangar.
3:30 pm - aircraft awards at Jim & Debby Clark's hangar.
Ice Cream Social and Awards happened at the Pilots Hospitality Tent. Hard to move a pilot sitting in the shade with ice cream so we moved the show to them.
5:00 pm - Pilots and Flight Leaders briefing for Rathert Stadium Fly Overs at Jim & Debby Clark's hangar.
6:00 pm - Pilots and Crew get your FREE tickets from NBFI Staff and head to the Beer Garden at Historic Rathert Stadium next
door to Freeman Field for an opening day Summer Collegiate baseball game with our home town team the Junction City Brigade.
Big thanks to the pilots from Stearman Field for the late afternoon smoke passes and formation fly bys and the Florida pilots who organized and flew in the Rather Stadium Fly Over. IT WAS AWESOME!
Sunday, June 7
6:30 - 9:00 am - Continental Breakfast avaialble in the terminal building for departing pilots and guests.