Aviation Day

Aviation Day 2014 will be held on Saturday, Nov. 8, 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.

Our featured aircraft this year will be a North American B-25J Mitchell, a North American P-51 Mustang, a Douglas C-47 Skytrain and a Douglas DC-3. The B-25J is an American twin-engine medium WWII bomber. The P-51 Mustang is a distinctively designed WWII fighter plane. The B-25J and P-51 aircraft both trained at Page Field. The C-47 Skytrain is a U.S. Army Air Force military transport aircraft that participated in the Normandy invasion. The DC-3 is a fixed-wing propeller aircraft that served as an American Airlines passenger plane and is the second oldest flying DC-3 in the world.

Other attractions will include experimental, antique and other general aviation aircraft exhibits, airplane and helicopter rides, performances by the Southwest Florida Big Band, children’s activities, character appearances, clowns, 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 2014 on Nov. 8!