By Doug Halberstadt
Fans of pancakes and planes crowded the Courtesy Aircraft Hangar at the Chicago/Rockford Airport for the 37th Annual EAA Chapter 22 Fly-In/ Drive-In Breakfast last Sunday, May 2.
More than 800 breakfasts were served to hungry pilots and friends of general aviation. Those in attendance were not only treated to all the pancakes they could eat, they also got the opportunity to talk flying and see some rare planes up close and personal.
In addition to the multitude of personal aircraft, there was also a collection of military planes from World War I and World War II on hand. Young and old alike were able to stroll the tarmac and learn about the planes and the men and women who flew them.
Vendors hawking everything from pure maple syrup to aircraft collectibles took advantage of the sunny skies and large crowd to sell their wares.
The next big event for the EAA Chapter 22 is coming up in June. They are hosting a B-17 tour stop Tuesday and Wednesday, June 29-30.
Self-guided ground tours will be available on both days from 2 to 5 p.m. Cost is $5 per adult, $15 per family. Active military or veterans receive a free ground tour.
For the more adventurous, the EAA is offering historic flight experiences in its beautifully-restored B-17G Flying Fortress “Aluminum Overcast.” One of only 14 Fortresses still flying, this aircraft is an icon of the Allied strategic bombing effort that helped turn the tide of battle in World War II.
Pricing for flights
Pre-book—EAA members, $359; non-members, $399
Walk-up—EAA members, $385; non-members, $425
To book your flight on the historic plane, call 1-800-359-6217.
Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at Dougster61@aol.com.
From the May 5-11, 2010 issue