Galion Airport's Aviation Day draws all the area Airplane enthusiasts every spring for the annual
Pancake Breakfast and Rides Day.

 
Normally the area is pretty much off limits to the public because of safety concerns, but today is our day to come out and look around.
 
  If you don't get there in time for the pancakes you still won't have to go hungry because the food stands can keep you happy with their specialties.
The spectators were able to check out a number of planes on the ramp from a twin engine to a good old "tail dragger". Some you enter by doors and others you slide the canopy back and climb over the side.

 
Here is where you sign up to take a ride. With a lot of planes out today the line moved pretty good.     This is the Air Traffic Control "tower" to keep all the planes separated. Safety is always the prime concern with events such as this. Whenever a plane started up on the ramp there was a safety person with an orange vest guiding it out to the taxi strip.
 
Plane after plane came in, exchanged passengers, and took off again.

Pilots brought their planes in from Mansfield and Ashland to help the eight Galion pilots give the rides.

 
If you love to watch planes takeoff and land, this is the place to be.
Watch for the next Galion Aviation Day in the middle of May next year. And if you should like to get into flying, go out to the Galion Airport and ask for Ray Lyons to get in touch with you.

This little speed demon was cleared to dive for the runway and do a high speed pass.

 
Here is that Tail Dragger.
 
When a kid would love to live for ever
in this copilot seat!
The Galion Fire Department had a Fire Truck and Emergency ambulance on hand. They enjoyed showing the kids the fire fighting equipment on board. There was a lot to see today for the little guys.

 
Pamela Henney from the Galion Inquirer was getting the story from Pam Fosesca for the paper.
 
  She even went up with Airport Manager, Jim Graham, to check out the progress of the new Route 30 relocation project.

The Inquirer reported that almost 200 children (8-17) flew that day, over Galion, for the first time as part of the Experimental Aircraft Association's Young Eagles program. The EAA made a pledge several years ago to fly one million children by the centennial of the Kitty Hawk flight on December 17, 2003. They are just shy of 900,000 right now. Quoting Pam Fosesca, each child flying receives a Young Eagles certificate and his name is added to the world's largest log book. They can see their names by logging on to the EAA Web site at www.eaa.org.


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