By Sylvia Stevens
Pilots mingled with the general public over pancakes and doughnuts at the Clare Municipal Airport’s Fly-In pancake breakfast, June 29. The weather kept some planes away, but the event was still a huge success.
“Weather was a big factor that kept some planes away, but we still had 12 planes fly in at different times,” airport manager Gary Todd said. “Plus the biplane rides were a nice addition for this year’s event.”
Along with the breakfast guests could view a collection of planes that had been flown in for the occasion. Adventurous patrons could pay for the chance to fly in a biplane operated by Waldo Wright’s Flying Service.
“We had 12 customers yesterday fly for the very first time ever,” Jill Manka said. ” Hopefully we will add more of them today.”
Paul Babosh drove an hour from Lansing so his son could get the chance to fly. His son, C.W. Babosh, loves all kinds of airplanes and
was very excited to get to fly in the open cockpit biplane.
“My boy he’s five and half years old and just loves plane,” Paul Babosh said. “I grew up in the area and I knew Gary Todd and Dick Acker, so when I saw they were having the breakfast and giving rides on that plane I knew that would be a surprise for him.”
The flight was quite spectacular and it truly is a once in a lifetime experience. It doesn’t even feel like flying, but more like hovering as you cruise around at 60 miles an hour. As a passenger there isn’t any fear of heights or falling, there is just this feeling of awe struck amazement as you see the world below in such a unique way.
After the flight, father and son took pictures in their flight caps and spoke about their favorite parts of the flight.
“I liked the take- off. The figure eights upset my stomach a little bit but it’s just amazing because you’re not going so fast,” Paul Babosh said. “When he was tilting the wings you could really feel the wind kicking and I was like wow.”
C.W.’s favorite part of the flight was being up so high which was evident in the number of thumbs up he gave Waldo Wright as he flew over Clare.
Even with fewer planes then expected the airport still had a large amount of people drive in to the airport for the event. “The local people really came out to support the airport,” Todd said.