17871_306715466340_306713986340_5100618_8245852_n (1)Tri-State area aviation enthusiasts will have a chance Saturday, August 22, to soar in the skies with their feet firmly planted on the ground. The Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport will host an open house type event in recognition of National Aviation Day, a 76-year tradition first started by presidential proclamation.

The free event is open to the public from 8:00 am until 11:00 am. It will be located at Landmark Aviation, the airport’s fixed base operator, located south of the main terminal building and passenger boarding area, 2550 Laughlin View Drive in Bullhead City. Parking is available adjacent to Landmark Aviation. Additional parking is available at the main terminal building.

“We expect to have a variety of aircraft,” said Airport Director Jeremy Keating. “That includes helicopters, a sail plane, a few vintage military training aircraft, a variety of single engine aircraft, and experimental aircraft parked on the ramp. While supplies last, there will be free breakfast burritos and coffee available.”

The airport’s flight schedule for the morning also includes an airline departure for the public to watch. A Sun County 737 is scheduled to leave at 9:00 am. There is also the opportunity to watch general aviation aircraft land and depart throughout the morning.

National Aviation Day has been observed in the United States each year since 1939 to celebrate the history and development of aviation. It coincides with the birthday of Orville Wright who, together with his brother Wilbur, made significant contributions to powered flight. Orville Wright’s birthday is August 19; the local activities at Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport were moved to the following weekend in order to be available to more people.

“This isn’t an air show. It’s a chance for people of all ages to not only see aircraft up close, but to talk to the people who fly and maintain them,” said Keating. “The next young budding pilot, mechanic, flight attendant, aircraft designer, airport director or airline executive might be here in the Tri-State area, just waiting for his or her first exposure to aviation.”

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