Radio-controlled airplane demonstrations
New this year will be radio-controlled airplane demonstrations.
HIF member Frank Musick has arranged to host a regional
remote-control club gathering. Remote-control enthusiasts from as
far as St. Louis are expected to bring their remote-controlled model
aircraft for flying contests and demonstrations.
In the air or on the ground
Activities for the day include airplane rides, tours of the
museum, fly-bys of military aircraft and an appearance by an
emergency response helicopter.
HIF member Clyde Zellers will have his SNJ trainer on display.
The North American Aviation SNJ trainer was the primary pilot
instruction trainer used by all branches of the U.S. military
services from its delivery in 1935 throughout World War II,
according to the Air Group 31 Web site.
At noon the museum will dedicate its latest acquisition, a
working World War II anti-aircraft searchlight. Doug Knight donated
the 1941 60-inch Sperry to the museum this spring.
At 800 million candlepower, the searchlight is capable of shining
a beam of light 5 feet wide to 30,000 feet.
Searchlights served three functions:
placement could triangulate altitude of enemy aircraft; then
fuse lengths of flak shells could be adjusted.
The intense light often temporarily
blinded enemy pilots.
The spotlight is used today to gain attention for special events.
A team of HIF volunteers has been trained by former operator Rick
Smith to operate the light. Companies and organizations can contact
the museum to schedule its rental.
Heritage in Flight Museum
The Heritage in Flight Museum will be open all day. The museum's
hangar will also be open and has several new displays that have been
added over the past couple of years, including a fully operational
cut-away aircraft engine enclosed in a viewable display case.
Heritage-In-Flight Museum at the
Logan County Airport in Lincoln features aviation displays from all
military conflicts of this century.
Housed in the Camp
Ellis World War II German POW barracks that was located near
Hosts an outdoor
flight line from helicopters to carrier jets and vintage
See the rotating
beacon, still in use, that Charles Lindbergh used as a mailman
when he flew the lighted airway system route from St. Louis to
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The event is sponsored by Heritage In Flight Museum. Light
refreshments will be available for purchase. Parking and admission
are free. Come rain or shine.
Past Airport Daze events have celebrated veterans and provided
Young Eagle rides.
The Logan County Airport is owned by Logan County and operated by
the county board. The airport is located on the northeast side of
For further information on Airport Daze, call 732-3333.
[Text from news release from
Heritage In Flight Museum]
Recommended Web sites to visit before attending this year's Airport
Aerodynamics, beginners' guide and lots of info about
remote-controlled model aircraft:
World War II Sperry searchlight:
60-inch Sperry searchlight project
What would you do with a 800 million candlepower flashlight?
For more information on the SNJ-5, see
From the LDN archives:
2nd annual Airport Daze,
1st Airport Daze, 2007