Archive for Friday, March 28, 2008

Vinland Airport to host state-wide flying event today

Vinland Airport, north of Baldwin City, will be celebrating the 80th anniversary of a historical Kansas event on Tuesday. Here a plane descends to the runway during the annual Planes, Trains and Automobiles event, which happens in June.

Vinland Airport, north of Baldwin City, will be celebrating the 80th anniversary of a historical Kansas event on Tuesday. Here a plane descends to the runway during the annual Planes, Trains and Automobiles event, which happens in June.

March 28, 2008, 5:16 p.m.

Updated: April 1, 2008, 8:13 a.m.

In 1928, Kansas Gov. Ben Paulen went to Wichita to launch a 25 aircraft tour across Kansas. During the next seven days, aircraft would touch down in airports across Kansas, celebrating the emerging aviation industry and forever cementing Kansas's reputation as the air capital of the world.

To commemorate the 80th anniversary of this historical event, the Kansas Department of Transportation is sponsoring another tour. But instead of starting in Wichita, as did the original tour, this one will be starting at Vinland Airport near Baldwin City.

For the launch party today, Vinland plans on providing a tour of the airport. Sheryl Kurtz, airport manager at Vinland, hopes the tour will allow people to see the importance having an airport can have for small communities.

"I think this will be a great way to recreate the excitement seen in 1928," Kurtz said.

In addition to the tour, a variety of antique aircraft will be on display.

Kurtz said she thought having the event in Vinland would benefit the community.

"Hopefully, this publicity will remind people of Baldwin and get them to fly in more often," Kurtz said.

In addition to the tour, the launch will also showcase a variety of antique planes.

The launch starts at noon and lasts until 1:30 p.m..

The tour will go on to make stops at 26 other airports across Kansas in the next seven days.

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