It was a chance to get a good look at aircraft on the ground–and a great chance to get a look at the city from the air–during the Litchfield Airport Authority open house on Saturday, Sept. 12.
In addition to the pork patty lunch and the opportunity to peruse planes, the airport offered rides in the sky from Litchfield flight instructor Lindell Hardt.
There was also the opportunity to see the building, remodeled with new comfortable furniture and a new meeting room.
“We wanted it to be a nice place for visiting pilots if they need a few hours to stay and relax,” board member Ted Elizondo said.
One of the planes that happened to be at the airport during the open house was a 1947 Republic Seabee, whose pilot was delivering it from Rome, GA, to a new owner in Minot, ND, and had just happened to land at the airport the night before.
Edgar Tello of Lake Norman, NC, field director with the Seaplane Pilot’s Association, said the Seabee was one of only 1076 built.
“There might be 50 still flying,” Tello said. He described the plane as a slow, great-handling aircraft that is comfortable and performs great in the water.