(LaPorte, IN) - The annual Air Fair out at LaPorte’s Municipal Airport this weekend was a big success.
Airport operations director Diane Schwarz said it was perfect weather for enjoying all things aviation. "We love having events out here," she said. "It is so good to get the public out here and appreciating these planes and just enjoying their time at the airport."
The featured attraction was an authentic 1944 B-25 bomber. Tours of the B-25 were a big hit. They booked six flights, but after the second run, the plane was grounded due to engine troubles.
Despite the mechanical difficulties, there was plenty to do and see on the ground. Displays included classic cars, groups promoting flights schools and aviation scholarships, LaPorte Library's mobile technology classroom, and three food trucks.
The surprise hit of the weekend was Sunday morning’s pancake breakfast. It wasn’t a drive-in but a fly-in. Schwarz said between 40 and 50 planes flew in for pancakes and stayed for the day.
The LaPorte Air Club also raffled off an entire airplane. The club sold 4,000 tickets, which Schwarz said turned into a good fundraiser for the organization.
Schwarz, retiring soon, said she expects the event to continue next year under new leadership.
A view of LaPorte from the rear gunner seat of the B-25 "Maid in the Shade."