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Fly-In set for Saturday

Ozark Mountains EEA Chapter 1459 will hold a Fly-In and open house Saturday at the Clinton Municipal Airport.

Admission and parking are free. Events will include a display of airplanes and classic cars, model aircraft demonstrations, music, food and soft drinks.

The fly-in is set for 9 a.m. until noon.

The Clinton airport held a fly-in last year along with the dedication of the meeting room in honor of the late Jim Burnett, a Clinton resident and former secretary of the National Transportation Safety Board. Weather did not cooperate, so organizers consider this the first full-blown fly-in.

The airport got its beginning in 1972, said airport commissioner Royce Johnson. He said local businessmen Paul Bone and Finis Ingram beat down the field by driving trucks back and forth, allowing for the first landing of an airplane. The pilot of the small plane was Johnny Evans, Johnson said.

The airport has come a long way and is currently awaiting final FAA approval for GPS-based instrument approach, which allows pilots to land using instruments instead of visually, according to airport manager Will Dawson.

The airport also features two companies that have worldwide business ties. Those businesses will be featured in an upcoming edition of the Van Buren County Democrat.

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