Changing date helps Fly-In take off (slide show)

ARLINGTON – Changing the date of the Arlington Fly-In paid off.

There were more attendees, more vendors, more campers, more airplanes and more to do.

“Camp Adams was not as big,” Fly-In spokeswoman Barb Tolbert said, adding the change from early July to mid-August didn’t work well for owners of some of the military vehicles.

But the rest of the show was bigger.

She said the Fly-In did a great job of promoting itself at other air shows. Sending a representative to one in Florida was successful, she said, as there were 77 vendors. She added when she worked full-time for the Fly-In she would often do that.

Bundling pricing for things like camping also was a hit.

“People are more apt to camp in August,” she said.

Tolbert said she heard a lot of good things from people who attended.

Some of the favorites were:

•The computerized drone show, with about 25 formations about our history, including the space walk.

•The warbirds in the air show.

•Honoring the 70th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift by dropping candy from a plane with kids below scooping it up.

•The balloon glow with Speedy, Tic Toc and Butterfly shapes lighting up to songs by the band Aardvarks United.

•Movies that were early enough people actually watched them.

•Vintage display at the Red Barn with The Spirit of St. Louis replica.

•Giant RC and jet props.

There were also a number of forums where people could learn about aviation, including “Preventing loss of control,” and “I was hijacked to Cuba – a True Story.”

Tolbert added that Arlington police helped them with a parking plan, making it “smoother with less waiting for the balloon glow.

“There were an incredible amount of stellar things for people to do while they were here,” Tolbert said.

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