Wanna learn to fly? Yes, really! Get an introduction to flying, including a hands-on flying experience, during the 1st Annual Aviation Days at the Jack Edwards Airport in Gulf Shores, Alabama.
Two flying schools will offer discount prices on instruction. You will learn about procedures and controls, then take to the skies where you will guide the aircraft over our beautiful island area. If you’d prefer sweeping the air with a licensed pilot in charge at all times, you’ll enjoy sensational sight-seeing (also at a discounted price!) from the 1928 Bird of Paradise biplane.
But there’s plenty to do during Aviation Days if staying grounded holds a greater appeal. You’ll find displays of 35 antique and modern aircraft, including military trainers, a hurricane hunter, custom-built and ultra-light planes, and so much more.
The kids will get a kick out of building their own balsa wood plane, playing a Fly-A-Plane game, and having their faces painted.
All ages will enjoy discussing various aspects of aviation at the many informational booths representing flying clubs, flight schools, sky diving and more. Who knows—this could ignite the spark for a child or teen’s future career or for a hobby at any age!
Be there at 4:00 on Saturday to experience a highlight of the event as veteran military aviators share their interesting and often dramatic war stories.
With so much to discover, plan to spend a few hours satisfying your curiosity and wonder. The Dog House and The Pizza Guy will be there to replenish your fuel as often as necessary so you can explore and chat to your heart’s content.
This inaugural event was inspired by this year’s 100th anniversary of naval aviation. Between noon and 4:30 Friday, April 15, and again from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16, survey the vast field of aviation. Admission is free, and a shuttle is available from a parking area just north of the airport.
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