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Welcome all to 23rd annual Piper fly-in

June 17, 2008
The Express
We welcome all those in town for the 23rd annual Sentimental Journey Fly-in to Cub Haven, as Lock Haven becomes the center of the single-engine aviation world for the week. Organizers expect nearly 2,000 people to attend the annual event, which is a testament to the draw Piper Memorial Airport in Lock Haven has to the aviation community, despite high fuel costs. This year’s theme is “Trainers to Sprayers.” A “trainer” is a J-5 Cub Cruiser and the “sprayers” are PA-25 Pawnees and PA36 Braves, which are agricultural planes, officials say. Naturally, the event is community-wide and family-oriented, with these famous words spoken every day at 5 p.m., “Attention, please. The corn is now ready,” for the daily corn boil... a favorite activity of flyers and the fly-in visitors alike. The activities also include movies, live bands each night beginning at 7 p.m., and the chance for community members to take a ride in a one-of-a-kind aircraft. This year’s rides include a DC3 from the Carolina Aviation Museum, a Beech Staggerwing, a Waco Biplane and a Cessna Skyhawk. Costs for the rides range from $45 to $65. This is an culmination of efforts by many who have worked all year long to make the fly-in an annual tradition. We applaud them for their efforts and continued dedication to this unique Clinton County event. The Sentimental Journey to Cub Haven began in 1986 as a celebration of the history of Piper airplanes and manufacturing from 1937-84. Most of the pilots that visit the fly-in each year fly Piper crafts that were built right here in Lock Haven. Piper Aircraft Corp. moved to Vero Beach, Fla., in 1984, and the fly-in began two years later as a revival and tribute to the rich history of the company. Again, we thank all involved for allowing Lock Haven to hold onto its distinction as a “must-see” for lovers of the Piper Cub. And we encourage everyone to take a trip down to the airport and see why the fly-in has been such a widely acclaimed event.


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