The B-17 Flying Fortress WWII bomber, nick-named “The Sentimental Journey” will be on display from Tuesday, Sept. 12 through Sunday, Sept. 17. Ground tours of the inside of the B-17 may be purchased at the door. Aviation enthusiasts can even fly in the B-17 on a Living History Flight during the weekend. Reservations are required. Individuals may register at www.azcaf.org or (602) 448-9415.
The P-51 “Mustang” fighter, other aircraft of interest and area food trucks arrive Sept. 16-17. Professional vintage photo sessions with the P-51 are available. Photo opportunities include: family pictures, $25 pictures with the P-51 and your own Mustang car, $50; and 1940’s pin-up style pictures, $100 (includes professional hair and make-up done on-site). Reservations are required. Call photographer Jymmi Davis, (423) 967-2256, to schedule a photo session.
The photo sessions serve as the main scholarship fundraiser for the Appalachian Aviatrixes, the local chapter of the International Organization of Women pilots, the Ninety-Nines (501 c3). Scholarships are awarded to local women allowing them to pursue pilot certificates and ratings.
To further introduce women to aviation, two introductory flight lessons for women 16 and older are being raffled. Each lesson includes a one-hour of flight and one-hour of ground training with a flight instructor. Tickets are $1 and may be purchased at the event. Parental permission is required for anyone under 18.
Event coordinator, Meagan Harr, is a recent aviation scholarship winner. “This scholarship has made a significant impact on my aviation goals. I want to pay it forward to the aviation community by helping other women benefit from scholarships. In addition to our local scholarships, the Ninety-Nines offer many International scholarships, like the “Fly Now Award”. Each year approximately 50 women are awarded scholarships for up to $6000 toward their private pilot certificate.”