BARTLESVILLE, Okla. – Saturday will be a day of just plane fun for pilots and spectators alike headed to the Bartlesville Municipal Airport for the annual Tulsa Regional Fly-in.
According to event organizer Charlie Harris, the reasons to join in on this year’s “Grand Day of Airplane Fun!” to be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. are great weather, thousands of aviation enthusiasts and hundreds of planes.
“We will have an extremely wide variety of general and sport aviation planes on the ground,” he said, explaining that featured will be a number of warbirds — including a T-33, T-6, and possibly a P-51 — as well as showcase planes, experimentals, and everything in between.
He told 2NEWS the event offers visitors the rare opportunity to get close to these flying machines and their drivers.
“Most airports have big fences that have big signs that say ‘KEEP OUT,’” Harris told 2NEWS. “We are saying exactly the opposite. We want (people) to come in and walk up and see the airplanes and to talk to the pilots.”
Not only will spectators have a close-up view of the planes, they will have an opportunity to have a bird’s-eye-view of the airport and of Bartlesville while flying in a PT-19 warbird or a Robinson R44 Raven commercial helicopter.
The latter will be offering 3-4 minute-long rides at $35 per person.
Featured as well during the event will be fly-bys, spot landing and short-field take-off contests, an antique and special car show and concessions such as Dinks BBQ and more.
“This is a family event. We want all ages to come,” said Harris.
The suggested donation for admission is $7 for adults, $3 for students and no donation children under five. Children ages 14 and under will not be admitted unless accompanied by an adult.