Aviation Day 2015 will be held on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with free admission and parking. Aviation Day is an annual community event hosted by the Lee County Port Authority with the purpose of increasing awareness of our airports – Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) and Page Field (FMY). The event is held on the ramp on the north side of Page Field off North Airport Road, east of U.S. 41 and south of Colonial Blvd. Parking is available off North Airport Road and U.S. 41 with shuttle bus transportation to the event entrance.
There will be five featured aircraft at this year’s event - a Douglas SBD-5, a North American B-25J Mitchell, a Grumman TBM-3E Avenger, a Douglas C-47 Skytrain and a Douglas DC-3. The SBD-5 “Dauntless” was a World War II carrier-based scout, dive and torpedo bomber. The B-25J Mitchell “Killer B” is a twin-engine medium bomber that became standard equipment for the Allied Air Forces in World War II. The TBM-3E Avenger entered service in 1942 and became one of the most outstanding torpedo bombers of World War II. The C-47 Skytrain “Tico Belle,” a modified version of the DC-3, was a U.S. Army Air Force military transport aircraft that participated in the Normandy invasion. The DC-3 Flagship Detroit is a fixed-wing propeller aircraft manufactured by Douglas Aircraft in 1937. It served as an American Airlines passenger plane and is the second oldest flying DC-3 in the world.
Aviation Day 2015 will feature a special appearance by Capt. Barrington Irving, the first African-American to fly solo around the world and one of the youngest people in the world to accomplish the achievement. Other attractions will include experimental, antique and general aviation aircraft exhibits, airplane and helicopter rides, children’s activities including bounce houses, movie showings, character appearances, clowns and face painting, demonstrations by airport police and fire departments, aviation-themed shopping and exhibitors, refreshments and more.
Though parking and admission are free, we are asking those coming to the event to help our local community by bringing a non-perishable food item. All donations will benefit The Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida whose mission is to overcome hunger in our communities through education and by working in a cooperative effort with affiliated agencies in the procurement and distribution of food, equitably and without discrimination.
We hope you can join us for Aviation Day 2015 on Nov. 7!
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