ADA – The third annual Ada Air Expo is scheduled for Saturday, June 17, at Ada Municipal Airport.

The Ray Stout Memorial Air Expo and Warbird Fly-in began in 2004 as a tribute to Stout, who flew in World War II, and aviators of other wars where Oklahomans and others fought to preserve freedom.

In addition to the Saturday, June 17, activities, a hamburger cookout is planned for Friday evening where the public is invited to greet out-of-town pilots as they begin arriving for the weekend event. The burger cookout begins at 6 p.m. at the Tornado Alley hangar.

Saturday’s fly-in format will be built around the warbirds and special aircraft that will be displayed at the airport and take part in fly-overs throughout the day.

An addition to this year’s events includes an aerial exhibition of radio-controlled airplanes by Sooner Magic, including the famous “flying lawnmower.”

Radio-controlled aircraft will be on display at the airport throughout the day.

This year’s static display of aircraft from past wars again includes a B-25.

Rides will be offered in some of the aircraft at a nominal cost per person.

Once again, the public will have an opportunity to meet pilots and talk with them. Tours of the B-25 will also be made available to air expo visitors.

Gates open at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. An opening ceremony begins at noon.

This year’s air expo will also showcase the airport and the services provided there. In future articles, businesses headquartered there, or keeping their planes at the airport, will be featured.

Admission to the Saturday activities is a $5 button. Children 10 and under will be admitted free. Boy Scouts are selling advance buttons to the expo to help raise money for the annual Relay for Life. Funds raised by Relay for Life are used in the fight against cancer.

T-shirts will also be on sale at the air expo.

The expo is presented by local EAA Chapter 1005 and other supporting sponsors. 

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