PROSSER -- This weekend's Prosser Fly-In will feature old planes, new planes and planes in pieces and parts.
"A fly-in is just like an old car show only we'll have guys and gals with airplanes," said event chairman Larry Montague.
He expects a wide variety of types ranging from new to antique with a handful of home-built planes at the July 17-18 event sponsored by the South Central Washington Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 1466 and the Port of Benton.
One plane Montague said usually comes to the fly-in is a restored Howard, a plane built in the 1930s or early 1940s. Another is a Long Easy, which looks like a plane flying backward because the long wings are at the tail while the shorter ones are up front.
"There will be several home- built planes including some RVs which were designed by a man outside Portland," he said. "Plus we always have some bi-wing planes come in."
In another area of the airport a number of planes in various states of construction will be displayed.
There's no charge to walk around, look at the planes and talk to the owners.
"That's the whole reason for the fly-in," Montague said. "Plane owners are just like guys with cars and motorcycles; you always want to talk about your toy."
Planes will begin to arrive about 8 a.m. July 17 with the highest number on the ground between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.
After lunch July 17 in the main hangar there will be a variety of flying and plane-related DVDs playing including one on the history of World War II planes and another about bush pilots in Alaska. At 8 p.m. there will be a free airplane-themed movie.
On July 18 the planes will begin to leave about 8 a.m. and be gone by noon.
Chapter members will be preparing and serving meals and soft drinks during the fly-in. At 7 a.m. July 17-18 they'll be selling scrambled eggs and ham along with a piece of fruit and orange juice/coffee for $5.
Lunch July 17 is a choice of a hot dog/chili dog, chips and a soft drink for $4 or a shrimp, crab or chef's salad with a drink for $6. Dinner will feature sirloin, salmon and veggie burgers with the same salads and a soft drink for $8.
The airport is off Wine Country Road across from the Barn Motor Inn. Take exit 80 off Interstate 82.
If you can't make the fly-in this weekend, on July 20 members of the Oregon Antique Airplane Association will fly into Prosser. They are expected to stay overnight and leave early the next morning. The public is welcome to go to the Prosser Airport and visit with the owners.
For more information on the fly-in, call 509-786-2053. For more information on the EAA Chapter, go to www.wing-nuts.org.
* Loretto J. Hulse: 582-1513; firstname.lastname@example.org