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Antique airplane group has hosted fly-in for more than half century, eight years in Scappoose

SUBMITTED PHOTO - A 1944 Howard DGA-15P, owned by Tim Weston from Yelm, Washington, was the Grand Champion at a previous fly-in. The fly-in will take place alongside Wings and Wheels later this month. The Northwest Antique Airplane Club's 60th annual Fly-In will take place this month alongside Wings and Wheels.

On Saturday, Aug. 17, antique airplane owners will bring their planes to the Scappoose Industrial Airpark, where NWAAC has its clubhouse.

This year marks the 60th annual Fly-In hosted by the NWAAC, and the eighth year the Fly-In has been hosted in Scappoose. The group was established in 1959 with a clubhouse in Vancouver, Washington, but moved the clubhouse to Scappoose more than 20 years ago.

"It's a chance to see old airplanes," Paul Silveria of the NWAAC explained, adding that the majority of personal airplanes used today are antiques that have been maintained.

"Most of these airplanes are at least 30 years old," he said.

Visitors to the event, regardless of if they're experienced pilots or novices interested in learning more, can check out the airplanes on display and talk to the pilots.

Those with their own airplanes can fly-in to show off their aircraft. Interested participants can call Silveria at 360-607-6005 or visit the group's Facebook page for more information.

The airplane club also hosts the pancake breakfast that takes place after Wings and Wheels 5K Walk/Run and half marathon.

Jim Grant of Jim's Biplane Rides, which provides scenic aircraft rides, will also be at the event to sell rides in his 1929 Travel Air Biplane. Grant is not formally affiliated with Wings and Wheels or the Highway 30 Cruisers, the St. Helens-based car club.

The NWAAC meets at the Scappoose airport clubhouse on the second Saturday of every month and is open to aircraft owners and enthusiasts.


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