Attendance should be good this year. It will be hot, but no storms are forecast anywhere, Araldi commented as he watched a pilot skillfully land a Steerman Trainer on the grassy runway then slowly taxi to tie down among earlier Steerman arrivals.
The AAA/APM fly-in at the Antique Airfield is held exclusively for members and their guests. Anyone wanting to see these historic aircraft should be at the Ottumwa Airport by 11 a.m. Friday to see them land. Friends of NAS Ottumwa will be inside the terminal building with books, hats and T-shirts for sale. Author Elsie May Cofer will be autographing copies of her book. The first day covers will be around 3 p.m., when one of the original Stearmans returns with the canceled mail. These will be available for $5 each.
The public is welcome to visit the museum in Blakesburg during the rest of the year, which includes many restored antique aircraft, most in flying condition, as well as an interesting assortment of other antique airplane-related memorabilia.