In preparation for the upcoming Aero Fair on May 16, children are invited to make their own Spitfire airplane free at Home Depot this Saturday, May 2 and bring it to the fair to show off.
From 9 a.m. to noon, children can create, paint and decorate a wooden model of the Spitfire WWII English Airplane at Home Depot free.
Home Depot workshop captain Judy Ebarb will guide children through the project which, when completed, can be brought to the Aero Fair.
All of the wooden Spitfires brought to the show will be displayed in front of the real 3/4 replica Spitfire, an airplane that won the Battle of Britain. Children can get their photo taken with the plane, and a gift will be handed out, said Marie A. Fasano, media representative for the Aero Fair.
Two weeks after the Home Depot workshop, the Payson Regional Airport Authority will present the 2009 Aero Fair from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 16.
Besides the Spitfire, several unique aircraft will be on display, including a Chinese aircraft, the Short Caravan — an airplane used to train military paratroopers in Arizona — and for the first time in Payson, a B25 Mitchell WWII Bomber, Fasano said.
“The Payson Aero Fair is going to be a fun day full of the wonder of aviation with plenty of activities for kids of all ages to enjoy,” Fasano said.
Fasano said she hopes the Aero Fair will inspire children to consider aviation as a career.
“There are a lot of careers in aviation that people don’t know about,” she said.
The kids’ program at the Aero Fair includes an activity or speaker every hour beginning at 8 a.m. Topics include:
• Meet Southwest airline pilot Eric Ward
• Learn to talk like a pilot
• Hear how air ambulance pilots fly to save lives
• Ask Daren Du Friend about careers in aviation
• Take a picture in a pilot jacket with a Spitfire fighter plane
• Watch how the Tonto National Forest Helitack Crew does a water drop to put out forest fires