FORT MYERS, FL – It was an event of great heights. Saturday was Aviation Day at Page Field Airport in Fort Myers.
The free event was hosted by the Lee County Port Authority, and draws in thousands of people from the local community.
The featured aircraft this year were three World War II planes — including a B-25J Mitchell twin-engine bomber, a P-51 Mustang fighter plane and a C-47 Skytrain military transport aircraft that participated in the Normandy invasion.
Free plane and helicopter rides were also available for attendees to enjoy.
“We brought over two airplanes from our Warbird museum in Titusville. The second airplane is a Mitchell B-25 — that’s the same airplane that Doolittle flew off the carrier to attack Japan during World War II,” said pilot Bob Boswell.
The event was held to raise awareness for local airports. It was also a fundraiser for the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida as canned food donations were collected all day.