Wrens, GA/EAA Chapter 172 Spring Fling Fly-In

The 1999 Wrens Spring Fling Fly-In was a great success even though the skies were overcast and and the air cool until Saturday afternoon. Over 65 Aircraft of all types, sizes, colors and materials from Conventional Aircraft, Experimentals, Gyroplanes, Ultralights, to Powered Parachutes and Trikes all attended this event.

The special report on the 1999 Wrens Spring Fling Fly-In is below


 
One of the many powered parachutes on Saturday afternoon. Members and guests enjoyed great barbecue on Friday and spaghetti on Saturday. A Trike at the Fly-In. Charlie Davis doing some aerobatics in his Pitts.


The Wrens Fly-In

A Jam-Packed Event!

This year the Wrens Fly-In has established itself as a true multi-day event. Aircraft started arriving on Thursday, May 13, the "early-bird" day. On that day four aircraft were in place as well as several motor homes. Some aircraft even arrived for the first time on Sunday, the 16th, the last day of the event! The final, corrected count of aircraft was 68, only three fewer than the 71 that were signed in last year. Many more might have come had it not been for the overcast, and in some cases, zero visibility areas throughout Georgia and South Carolina. The skies finally cleared Saturday afternoon.

The highlights of the fly-in were the ultralights that flew in from Florida and Alabama as well as the visit of a Cessna Caravan I 208 owned by Lawrence London, the new FBO operator at the Swainsboro airport. In addition a Kingair turboprop came in for a visit. One of the Florida ultralights was a 1993 Oshkosh award winner. Tom Collins and Tom Garcia started on the pig early Friday morning, The tents and the food trailer were readied for the meal that evening. All the aerospouses were hard at work all day preparing the food.The weather was cold, cloudy and overcast and only 21 additional aircraft came in during the day. Many who didn't fly in, drove in, and at least 150 members and guests were present for the festivities under the tents on Friday. They ate and talked until late that evening. Unfortunately the barbecue was finished off before some late-comers had a chance to eat it, though there were plenty of side dishes.

The weather was cold Saturday morning and the skies remained overcast. Blue sky finally appeared around 2:00 PM giving Charlie Davis a chance to do some aerobatics. Since most of the aircraft did not arrive until early afternoon there were no awards given nor was there a spot-landing contest. Mayor of Wrens J.J. Rabun gave a short speech around noon thanking everyone for coming and announcing that the runway and tarmac would be resurfaced during the next couple of months. Also, within two years the runway would be lengthened by 1000 feet and widened to 75 feet. During the day 38 more aircraft were signed in for a total of 63 aircraft. Richelle Phillips and other Augusta State University Flying Club members welcomed the pilots with pilot packets. Also during the day Young Eagles Coordinator Mark Thompson, Wyman Fox, Ron Netzer and Terry Florie flew 29 new Young Eagles. Jamail Larkin gave tours of the aircraft in the Wrens hangar and helped out Casey Thompson and Will Robertson at the Young Eagles desk. Many looked at the displays in the hangar which included a Nieuport 11 fuselage, a wooden fuselage for the "Super Cat" towplane being built by Earl Hildebrant, as well as the Mitchell U-2 Super Wing hanging from the ceiling. The day's events commenced with a tremendous spaghetti supper prepared by Don Murphy and the Aerospouses.

Late Saturday one more aircraft arrived. On Sunday morning there was still some activity and four more aircraft arrived. The afternoon was spent removing the tents, tables and trailers.

Of the 68 registered aircraft this was the breakdown: Conventional aircraft: 41 Of these 16 were Cessnas and 8 were experimentals. Warbirds: 2 Commercial aircraft: 2 Ultralight/light planes: 11 Gyros: 2 Powered Parachutes: 9 Trikes: 1x

Of the 68 registered aircraft this was the breakdown:

Conventional aircraft: 41

Of these 16 were Cessnas and 8 were experimentals.
Warbirds: 2

Commercial aircraft: 2

Ultralight/light planes: 11

Gyros: 2

Powered Parachutes: 9

Trikes: 1

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