‘American Barnstormers’ in Freeport July 21

Tour features airplanes from the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s

You can go to the Oshkosh, Wis., EAA AirVenture 2006 sometime between July 24-30 to see their “Spectacular Warbirds Air Shows,” or you can see spectacular vintage biplanes free at Freeport’s Albertus Airport as the “American Barnstormers” Tour lands Friday, July 21.

This unique collection of airplanes, from “The Golden Age of Aviation” (1920s, 1930s and 1940s), will be on display from approximately 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (weather-permitting).

“These aren’t airplanes, they’re time machines,” said tour organizer Clay Adams. “Our tour gives people from all over the country the chance to travel back in time and experience the same sights, sounds and excitement they would have felt some 80 years ago as they looked out across the fields and saw the Barnstormers on the horizon.”

Barnstormers will recreate the era ambiance with period costumes, aircraft signage, historical information, vintage props and, of course, their signature “Barnstormers Parade of Flight.” And, in his own unique announcing style, the legendary “Mr. Travel Air” Frank Rezich will tell tales and share the history of each biplane as the pilots perform overhead.

And just like back then, visitors can experience open cockpit flights in a beautifully restored Travel Air or New Standard vintage biplane for $45 per passenger (no reservations).

So, this Friday, be a part of this nine-city American Barnstormer Tour across the Midwest. Connect the past with the present—experience the barnstorm tours of the 1920s at Freeport’s Albertus Airport, 3 miles south of Freeport at 1255 E. Airport Rd. (just off Lamm Road).

Visit americanbarnstormerstour.com or contact Sarah Wilson at info@americanbarnstormerstour.com for more information. Stop by the Freeport/Stephenson County Convention and Visitors Bureau while in the area, or visit their Web site at www.stephenson-county-il.org/ to find out what’s happening west of Rockford.

From the July 19-25, 2006, issue

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