The fifth annual Aviation Days will come to the York Airport next weekend, and there's a lot of buzz about a new feature.
The event, presented by York Flight Training, will feature a Father's Day-friendly display of antique World War II airplanes and food for sale, as well as helicopter rides and WWII-era T-6 Texan rides.
The free event is held at the York Airport, off Route 30 near Thomasville.
"It's just kind of an open house," said Steve Nagorny, York Flight Training's co-owner.
And a special exhibit, the Rise Above Traveling Exhibit, will come to Sovereign Bank Stadium to educate attendees about the Tuskegee Airmen, black fighter pilots who overcame adversity in WWII. The display, featuring a panoramic theater presentation, will be open to scheduled groups from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday prior to the open house.
The theater, housed in a semi rig, seats about 35 people and will present a video about the Tuskegee Airmen. The exhibit also features a P-51C Mustang and travels to air shows, events and schools across the country.
Nagorny said the event usually welcomes a wide range of ages and people, such as those who have never been in an airplane before.
For the city: Dale Pritz, 60, has an A36 Bonanza at York Airport and has been flying since the¥'90s. But he didn't coordinate the Rise Above exhibit because of his love of planes.
He did it out of love for York City.
"I think we need to help the young people in York to understand that they can advance in life," Pritz said.
He said the film brought him to tears.
It illustrates how oppressed the pilots were in the 1940s and how, through their resilience, they came to become the best P-51 fighter group around, Pritz said.
"That was the greatest generation," he said. "And I feel that we need to build the greatest generation again."
Pritz said he wants kids in 2013 to realize their potential.
"If these fighter pilots could do what they accomplished under the circumstances they had, imagine what you can do," he said.
Pritz said the exhibit coming here was made possible by serendipity, and it's likely the only time it will come to York.
"For this thing to show up here, it's never going to happen again," he said.
If you go: A display of antique World War II airplanes will run from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 15, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 16, at the York Airport, off Route 30 between York and Gettysburg.
The event is free, and plane and helicopter rides are $35 and up.
The Rise Above Traveling Exhibit:
Separate but in conjunction with Aviation Days, a presentation on the Tuskegee Airmen, black fighter pilots in WWII, will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday at Sovereign Bank Stadium in York City. It will feature a panoramic movie about the pilots and a P-51C Mustang.
The event is free and open to the public. To make a group reservation and receive a free dog tag, call 717-845-7385.
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