Cascade Warbirds Score Big at Arlington Fly-In
August 9, 2016
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  • Members of Cascade Warbirds took home four awards in the judging of exhibitors at the annual Arlington Fly-In held in July.

    Kent Johnson was awarded Grand Champion Warbird with his North American Aviation L-17 Navion.

    Steve Hewitt placed as Champion Warbird with his twin engine Beech C-45. Mike Hanten earned the Workmanship Award for his Scottish Bulldog, and Kirstan Norris won the Judge’s Choice Award for her Romanian Air Force IAR-823.

    Cascade Warbirds is a group of military aviation enthusiasts from throughout the Northwest. Many members are pilot-owners who operate a wide variety of former military aircraft.

    The Arlington Fly-In is the largest gathering in the Northwest for the Cascade Warbirds, which also participated in the Olympic Air Show at Olympia and Wings and Wheels at Tacoma.

    Hundreds of general aviation aircraft of all types exhibit at Arlington. Cascade Warbirds dominated the Warbird Class.

    “We are very excited to have presented a strong variety of aircraft at this noted venue,” said Squadron Cmdr. Ron Morrell, who flies an authentically restored North American T-28A. “We had planes from the US, Russia, Romania, and even Scotland.”

    “As much as we enjoy these activities, they are an important part of the Squadron’s educational mission,” Morrell said in a Warbirds news release.

    The Warbirds,, award scholarships to further the aviation interests of young people in a wide variety of futures from flying to aeronautical engineering and the military.

    “We encourage students, parents and school administrators to investigate our offerings and submit applications,” Morrell said.