AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2020 - 38

PILOT BRIEFING
POSTCARDS |

Back in time
Classic aircraft swarm Blakesburg
B Y KO L L I N S TAG N I TO

BRENT TAYLOR, president of the Antique
Airplane Association, for months had
assured members its annual fly-in at
Antique Airfield in Blakesburg, Iowa, during
Labor Day weekend could safely take place.
But, would anyone attend? Approaching the
airport just before sunset in our 1947 Cessna
140, my son and I had our answer: A dozen
antique and classic airplanes swarmed the
sky in a loosely organized effort to enter to
the pattern to land, or fly a low pass down
the runway, or simply loiter over the airport
to soak up the last rays of the sun. Making
the arrival even more interesting, no
radios are used at the private-use Antique
Airfield; all operations are strictly see and
avoid. After spotting a gap in the traffic we
entered downwind and were amazed to see
a packed airfield awaiting us.
Final approach to the south took us
between a thick stand of trees toward the
sharply rising approach end of the 2,350foot grass runway. Our aim point was the
white chalk line drawn across the runway,
because there the ground becomes more
level. We confirmed the flagger standing
next to the white line was waving a green

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flag (green means land, red signals a goaround-remember, no radios) and we had
arrived. Back in time. It could have been
1970 (the year Antique Airfield was established), or prepandemic 2019.
"I didn't know last Sunday who or how
many were going to show up; it was a total
unknown this year," said Taylor. "I'm quite
happy with the number of airplanes. And,
the variety is better than expected-a lot
of round-engine airplanes." The fly-in
normally attracts 300 to 350 airplanes,
and this year about 280 flew in. Taylor
estimates between 1,200 and 1,300 attendees. "Probably 17 percent of preregistered
aircraft and people were new, including
more young people than before."
The Antique Airplane Association/
Airpower Museum Invitational Fly-in is
a private event open only to AAA members and their guests, held on private
property that receives no federal, state,
or local funding. AAA made changes to
the 2020 event that followed state recommendations to minimize the risk of
spreading COVID-19, such as installing plastic shields in the 24th Fighter

A WACO'S RADIAL engine roars to life during
the Antique Airplane Association/Airpower
Museum Invitational Fly-In.



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