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Monday, August 13, 2012:  The American Barnstormers came to the Brainerd Airport to the delight of thousands who showed up to see airplanes from the 1920's and 1930's. 

Dubbed the "Golden Age of Aviation," it covered the time between WWI and WWII.  Famous pilots from that era were Pancho Barnes, Wiley Post, Amelia Earhart, and Charles Lindbergh.    

Lots of planes in the air all day.

Slow moving, by today's standards, and pulled by slow turning engines. 

They make a distinctive sound that is more mellow than whiney.   

Many people took rides in open-cockpit airplanes.

Lots of fun with pilots dressed in clothes from back then.

And of course, there were all the usual mechanical troubles from these 80+ year old aircraft. 

No problem.  They are easy to fix.

You just can't have too much fun in one of these planes.

There was a re-creation of a Bleriot airplane on display. This one appeared in a Hollywood movie. Shown here is the owner, Eric Preston. This is a very difficult plane to fly partly because it relies on wing-warping for control.  He showed off his $89 book with 1047 color photos of 690 plane types on 510 pages.
This man is Steven Ross.  He flew to Brainerd from Madison, Virginia, at about 85 miles per hour.
Love the cap and playing cards.

A man and his plane. 

What a combination!

Norm Aune Jr. of Brainerd was there with some of his Model T Fords.

A nice addition to the event.

Mark really liked this Model T, which was being filled up at the 66 station.

Then there was the fly-over, dubbed "Parade of Flight," with eight or more vintage airplanes.

A thrilling sight. 

Quote of the day:  Barnstorming....what an era!   Mark    < Back to previous story Ahead to next story >

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