Hundreds of people enjoyed flights and viewing all weekend 9a-5p.
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Big weekend for aviation enthusiasts in Quincy, IL
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Ford Tri-Motor Rides and viewing all weekend !
Thursday June 13th 2pm-5pm
Daily Friday – Sunday 9am-5pm
The Ford Tri-Motor is brought to you by the generous support of:
Father’s Day Flight Breakfast Sunday 7am-11am
Area businesses and organizations are helping us bring a piece of Quincy history to the Quincy Airport this Father’s Day weekend!
You might not know that the first ‘airliner’ was the Ford Trimotor and it was designed, built and first operated by Quincy native, William Bushnell Stout! Since there are only three flying Tri-motors left, this s a rare opportunity to not only see but to actually get to ride in this flying time capsule.
Our chapter is bringing this aircraft to Quincy over the Father’s Day weekend but your support is needed. We have to raise $5000 to cover the cost of fuel and crew expenses to get this historic aircraft to Quincy and out again. Your business can help by sponsoring the tour stop. $1500 sposorships get you a private flight in this restored piece of history. You can take a total of 10 people on your private flight. Reward employees, hold a customer contest, reward customers, you name it!
Please check our special Tri-Motor page for more information.
To book a flight or for more information about the aircraft visit flytheford.org or call 877-952-5395.
If you are at all interested in this project, please leave your contact information below.
Thank you to all who were able to join us this year to enjoy the great weather and a wide variety of aircraft that showed up for the event.
A huge thank you to Cape Air and all who participated in our first-ever raffle this year. Congratulations go out to the lucky winners of the 3 R/T tickets to St Louis:
- John M – Hannibal, MO ticket #81
- Kelly K – Quincy ticket # 94
- AJ – Payson ticket # 56
Also thanks to KHQA channel 7 for their coverage of our event.
Some stats from this year’s event:
- over 300 breakfasts served
- 35 ‘Young Eagles’ flown
- over 30 different aircraft on hand
Thanks to Great River Aviation for allowing us to host our event in their hangar and their support of EAA throughout the year.
Thanks especially to our small group of dedicated volunteers that make it all happen and look easy. A ton of work goes into this event each year and their hard work is appreciated!
Family Keeps Volunteer Coming Back for 35 Years
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh – The Worlds Greatest Aviation Celebration
|Sandy Marsh, EAA volunteer, received the Dorothy Hilbert Volunteer Award. Photo by Mariano Rosales|
Sandy Marsh said she was shy and quiet while attending her first EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in 1975.
But that changed the following year when she decided to get involved.
Marsh is celebrating 35 years of volunteering at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011 and will be recognized with the Dorothy Hilbert Volunteer Award at the Theater in the Woods. The award recognizes a female EAA volunteer who exhibits the same passion, dedication, and devotion for volunteerism as did the late Dorothy Hilbert.
As a volunteer since 1976, Marsh has volunteered at many areas throughout AirVenture. She started in the Women’s Activities Center, now the Activities Center. But she also has helped at Operation Thirst, Outdoor Exhibits, South Maintenance, Ambassadors, which is now the CARTS program, and Convention Headquarters. In addition, she has volunteered at Sun ’n Fun for 10 years.
What keeps her coming back?
“The volunteers,” she said. “They have become my family. This is such a neat organization, and the friendships you make are just phenomenal.”
After her mother died, one volunteer drove more than 200 miles to come to the funeral, she said. “The number of flowers and cards sent—from both EAA volunteers and EAA staff—wowed me. This is what I mean by family.”
While she has volunteered in many areas, the bulk of her time has been spent in the Activities Center, where she is now chairwoman. As chair, Marsh coordinates the volunteers, makes sure things are set up, and answers lot of questions since the center includes aircraft greeting, crafts, hospitality, and the flying cinema. It also offers aerobics and yoga classes.
Once her husband, Larry, saw how much fun she was having volunteering, he started helping, too. He volunteers in South Maintenance.
It’s no surprise what advice she gives other AirVenture attendees. “If you’ve never volunteered, please do. It can be a very fun and eye-opening experience. The amount of knowledge that EAA volunteers have is impressive. You can be working next to someone who is a president of a Fortune 500 company or a surgeon at a big hospital. Yet, they all have the same objective: the AirVenture event.”
We want to thank all of folks who came to spend their Fathers Day morning with us.
Thanks to the pilots who braved the early rain, the local families who drove in and of course all of our dedicated volunteers who make this event possible.
We flew 25 Young Eagles and should have the final counts for breakfasts and fly-ins shortly.