Annual aviation event is popular with young and old

Children look at RC planes at last year's Fly-In at the Havelock Tourist and Event Center.

Children look at RC planes at last year's Fly-In at the Havelock Tourist and Event Center.

Ken Buday
Published: Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 03:05 PM.

Amanda Ohlensehlen got a chance to test a dragonfly toy that will be given away during the Fly-In Movie and Family Night on Friday at the Havelock Tourist and Event Center.

“I know I played with it in the office and all of our board members were using it,” said Ohlensehlen, staff director of the Eastern Carolina Aviation Heritage Foundation. “If that’s any indication of how much fun the kids will have, I think we’ll be alright.”

The foundation is hosting its third annual Fly-In beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Friday. The event has a variety of activities and displays especially designed for children

“We’re trying to take that super-complicated jet of today and relate it to a child and explain how you get it off the ground in the first place,” Ohlensehlen said. “There’s that curiosity. There could be a kid who comes to this event, sees something and realizes I can grow up to do that.”

The Fly-In will feature a variety of educational booths, displays and guests. An engine from an AV-8 Harrier will be on display, as will the regular exhibits of the foundation located inside the tourist center. The CH-46 Pedro helicopter will be open for tours, and children can dress in Marine flight gear and have their pictures taken.

Col. Andy Shorter of Cherry Point will be on hand to answer questions about flying and aerodynamics, a meteorologist will discuss weather and its impacts on flying, and remote-control pilots will have a display of aircraft, with demonstrations possible, weather permitting.

The foundation will also have a variety of drawings and give-aways. A family-friendly movie is scheduled to start at 7 p.m., and those attending can bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the show.



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