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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Pilots and Pancakes to land at Shawnee Regional Airport

  • Hoping to exceed last year's 2500 attendees, this year's Pilots and Pancakes Fly-In, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 6, added several more planes to the line-up.
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  • Hoping to exceed last year's 2500 attendees, this year's Pilots and Pancakes Fly-In, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 6, added several more planes to the line-up.
     
    "It's pretty big," Rex Hennen, assistant airport manager, said.
     
    The fly-in has grown significantly since the first one five years ago, Hennen said.
     
    "There were 10 people total that came," he said.
     
    Jim Hunt, who helped start the air show five years ago, is still helping with the fly-in.
     
    "We started from scratch out of our own pocket," Hunt said. "I wanted to do something that would inspire the young people."
     
    "There's nothing quite like aviation to make them think about reaching for the stars," he added. "Limits are self-imposed."
     
    In addition to the air show itself, the Rotary Club will be making pancakes for the pilots and for the audience at $5 per plate.
     
    Several vendors will be present as well.
     
    "If we can't get Shawnee on the map any other way, we'll do this," Hunt said. "Each aspect of what we do is a finger on an arm that reaches out."
     
    The fly-in will feature a nearly 2-hour air show with several different flight techniques. In addition, several World War II planes will be on display.
     
    Because of these additions attendance is expected to go up.
     
    "I think we're probably going to see crowds in excess of 3,000," Hennen said.
     
    The Pilots and Pancakes Fly-in will begin at 11:55 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at Shawnee Regional Airport. Tickets are $5 per carload and a plate of pancakes is $5.

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