Blaine aviation event has new parking plan

Discover Aviation Days attendees are being asked to pay special attention to entry and exit instructions this weekend at the Anoka County-Blaine Airport.

Discover Aviation Days attendees should enter the Anoka County-Blaine Airport on the south side, at the 93rd Lane and Airport Road main entrance. Traffic will exit onto Xylite Street N.E. Discover Aviation Days is June 2-3. Graphic courtesy Discover Avaition Days

Discover Aviation Days attendees should enter the Anoka County-Blaine Airport on the south side, at the 93rd Lane and Airport Road main entrance. Traffic will exit onto Xylite Street N.E. Discover Aviation Days is June 2-3. Graphic courtesy Discover Avaition Days

An 80 percent scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., is the special feature at this year’s event, which kicks off Saturday.

The American Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVTT) will remain open 24 hours for viewing, closing at 4 p.m. Sunday, said Craig Schiller, lead event organizer.

Event attendees should enter the Anoka County-Blaine Airport on the south side, at the 93rd Lane and Airport Road entrance. Traffic will exit to the east.

“Most event parking will be in the east fields. Attendees will exit the airport onto Xylite Street N.E., which will take them to Interstate 35W,” Schiller said.

According to Schiller, the AVTT will be the largest memorial wall of its type to visit Minnesota. All Discover Aviation Days’ 20 events and exhibits are free.

Discover Aviation Days will feature flying demonstrations, kids’ activities, numerous exhibits, paid aircraft and helicopter rides and food booths.

General aviation and corporate aircraft, experimental, World War II fighters, trainers and bombers and modern military planes will be displayed, Schiller said.

An early morning pancake breakfast and lunch will be served both days. Breakfast will be served at 7 a.m. and lunch at noon.

Discover Aviation Days hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Both days will feature a Discover Aviation Days opening ceremony at 9:15 a.m. followed by a T-6 Texan squadron fly-over scheduled at 9:50 a.m., Schiller said. An afternoon fly-over by the T-6 Thunder North American Flight Team is scheduled at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The T-6 Texan was a single-engine advanced trainer used to train pilots of the U.S. Army Air Forces, U.S. Navy, Royal Air Force and air forces of the British Commonwealth during World War II.

The Golden Wings Museum’s 12th annual hangar dance is Saturday, June 2, from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Admission is $12 for adults and $8 for students Kids 12 and under are free.

This 1940s style hangar dance features the sights and sounds of Dave Andrew’s Big Band and is set-up is amongst a private collection of more than 20 vintage aircraft from the 1920s and 1930s.

The Golden Wings Museum is located at 8797 Airport Road.

Period dress from the 1940s is encouraged but not required, Schiller said.

For more information about Discover Aviation Days, call 763-568-6072 or visit www.DiscoverAviationDays.org for updates.

Tim Hennagir is at tim.hennagir@ecm-inc.com


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