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Ed Anderson Covers the  Arlington Fly-In and Sport  Aviation Convention July 8-12, Washington State


The 2009 edition of the Arlington Fly-In at Arlington Municipal Airport (AWO) was a well-earned success. Weather for the week was near ideal conditions, spoiled only by invading thunderstorms over night Saturday and into Sunday. Nonetheless, the week offered up an abundance of attractions, entertainment, various forums, workshops, displays, exhibits, guest speakers and light flying demonstrations during the daylight hours 8 am to 8 pm.

Judging of presented aircraft started early each morning and finished up around 12 noon on Saturday. The Awards ceremony followed at 10 am Sunday, July 12. Award categories included Grand Champion, Reserve Grand Champion, 1-4 Champions, 1-4 Workmanship. Results can be viewed at An early count was said to tally some 700 hundred aircraft registered for this year's show.

Among the visiting vintage aircraft was a pair of extremely rare birds in the Antique Class &endash; a 1928 Boeing 40C biplane (N5339), and a 1930 Laird, LC-1B 300 (N13907), both from the State of Washington. Pilot/Owners were listed as Anson Pemberton and Larry Howard, respectively, who individually took home awards of Antique grand Champion and Antique Champion.

The airshow elements were on the mid afternoon schedule. Performers included; Bud and Ross Granley with their aerobatic Yaks, Bud Granley and his 'Golden Hawk' T-6, veteran airshow pilot John Mrazek with "Pussycat II", his Mk.IV Harvard, Renny Price (SU-29), Ken Fowler/Eric Hansen Rocket Aerobatics, Kathy Hirtz, Matt Groth, Will Allen, John Pierson, and Hans von der Hofen with a pair of Alpha Jets. Also participating in the flying program and the 'Parade of Warbirds' were members of the Cascade Warbirds, Squadron 2.


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By Ed Anderson