Discover Aviation Days was a popular place during a weather-friendly weekend.
Preliminary estimated attendance for the two-day annual event at the Anoka County-Blaine Airport topped 12,000, said Craig Schiller, lead organizer.
“We think we had 7,500 on Saturday and about 5,000 people Sunday based on our car flyer handout,” he said. “We also placed data boxes to count cars.”
An 80 percent scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., placed at the south end of the airport was this year’s special attraction.
The American Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVTT) opened Friday, June 1, after a special ceremony at noon featuring federal, state and local political dignitaries.
The memorial was fully lit at night and the members of Civil Air Patrol’s Anoka County Composite Squadron provided around-the-clock security, Schiller said.
Military hardware exhibits from the American Wings Air Museum were another popular attraction.
“They worked very hard on their historical exhibit layout,” Schiller said
Discover Aviation Days featured two days filled with flying demonstrations, kids’ activities, numerous exhibits, paid aircraft and helicopter rides, food booths.
General aviation and corporate aircraft, experimental, World War II fighters, trainers and bombers and modern military planes were displayed for public view.
Tim Hennagir is at [email protected]