AOPA Fly In Prep

Dan Green, a pilot and AOPA volunteer, uses sticks to guide an arriving airplane into a parking space at the Frederick Municipal Airport Thursday evening. The couple was arriving in a Mooney M20F from Van Wert, Ohio and plan to spend the weekend enjoying the AOPA Fly In.

The Frederick Municipal Airport was full of activity as planes from across the county were arriving for this weekend's Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association fly-in that begins Friday.

AOPA celebrates its 80th anniversary May 15 and is kicking off the party this weekend and will host a short take off and landing invitational, a nighttime drone show, a C-47 flyover and World War II re-enactment parachute jumps.

The seven World War II C-47 aircrafts will fly from the airport to the Pentagon and Arlington National Cemetery in honor of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Invasion on Friday.

The first-ever short take off and landing invitational at the Frederick Municipal Airport will feature tailwheel aircrafts with big tires taking off and landing in short distances, similar to what planes need to do in rugged backcountry and places like Alaska.

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