Bethel to celebrate 100 years of flying in Alaska

by Angela Denning-Barnes on May 24, 2013

24052013planeThis weekend Bethel will be celebrating the Alaska Air Show Association’s Centennial Flight Celebration. The event starts Sunday at 2 p.m. and will feature vintage airplanes.

It all starts with a free barbeque at 2 p.m. at the Yuut Yaqungviat Flight School and soon-to-be Regional Aircraft Maintenance School.

At 2:30, the vintage airplanes arrive. They will include two, T-6’s, a Japanese Zero, an American Pilgrim and a Gullwing Stinson which will land in Bethel and park at the flight school.

Organizers say kids are encouraged to attend. There will be door prizes including round-trip tickets, wooden airplanes, a 737 model airplane, hoodies, t-shirts, caps, and posters.

At 4 p.m. Sunday, the flight celebration will move to the cultural center. There will be even more food, prizes, movies, and guest speakers. The museum will also open its exhibit on Early Bush Pilots of the Y-K Delta.

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