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Dawson Airport hosts fly-in

Several antique aircraft were featured at the Dawson Fly-In this past weekend. Spectators were able to see the airplanes and watch some of them do aerial maneuvers (Special Photo: David Shivers)

Several antique aircraft were featured at the Dawson Fly-In this past weekend. Spectators were able to see the airplanes and watch some of them do aerial maneuvers (Special Photo: David Shivers)

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Officials at Dawson’s airport said as many as 250 people turned for the the community’s first Fly-In, an activity they hope to make an annual event. (Special Photo: David Shivers)

DAWSON — The first fly-in at the Dawson-Terrell County Airport on Saturday drew a sizeable number of participants and spectators and was deemed a success by organizers.

Luke Smith, a member of the Dawson-Terrell Airport Authority, estimated 200 to 250 attended the day-long event. Approximately 25 to 30 antique and classic aircraft were on display from throughout the Southeast as far away as Kentucky.

The fly-in was sponsored by the airport authority and the local Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), which is based at the Dawson facility. The crowd watched from parked vehicles as well as personal chairs lined up alongside the tarmac and near the small terminal building.

There were a couple of aerobatic shows during the afternoon, as well as backpack parachutists at daybreak and dusk, and a morning exhibition by the “Young Eagles”, a program of the EAA designed for youths ages 8 to 17 interested in aviation and becoming licensed pilots.

Smith said the organizers “were very well pleased” success of the show, which they hope will become an annual event.

“It was the first time there’s been anything like that out there (the airport) in probably more than 20 years,” he noted. Smith believes the airport, located off U.S. Highway 82 south of town, is one of the nicest in the state for a community of Dawson’s size.