Aerofair Excitement Returns For 2003

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Scenic flights for the public will return to the 2003 Payson Aerofair.

This year's event will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, at Payson Municipal Airport.

"We didn't fly last year because of an insurance snag with the town, but we got that fixed up," Payson Pilots Association President Bob Oswald said.

Also known as The Airlift, the scenic flights cost $20 per person for a 20-minute ride.

"We go up to the Tonto Natural Bridge, then a little bit along the Rim up there by Milk Ranch Point and then back to the airport," Oswald said.

The annual Aerofair begins with a pancake, eggs and bacon breakfast sponsored by the local chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association. The event will be set up at the bottom of the stairs located at the west end of the parking lot.

All proceeds from the scenic flights and the breakfast will go to the Payson Senior Center.

Other highlights of the free Aerofair include the opportunity to walk right out on the tarmac to view and photograph vintage and experimental aircraft. Some 100 planes will be on display.

Other groups participating with activities and displays include the Classic Car Club and Early Fords, the 4-Wheel Drive Club, the Tractor Club, Custom Harley Davidson Motorcycles, and the Payson Police and Fire Departments.

Vendors will be selling military items, aircraft models, Aerofair-related merchandise, hot dogs, bratwurst, kettle corn, snow cones, soda and water.

For more information on the Aerofair, call Airport Manager Ted Anderson at 472-4748.

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