American Barnstormers take to the skies this weekend
The American Barnstormers Tour, a nostalgic salute to the barnstormers who ventured across America during the 1920s seeking fame and fortune in their biplanes, is scheduled to visit Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota - including Alexandria - on their third biannual tour this summer.
Twenty meticulously restored vintage aircraft from the 1920s and 1930s will journey through the northern Great Plains states on a seven-city tour from June 17 through July 5.
The aircraft are expected to be at Chandler Field at the Alexandria Airport Saturday, July 3 through Monday, July 5. Admission is free.
Each day, the aircraft will take to the skies for the "Barnstormers Parade of Flight" with master of ceremonies, EAA Radio on-air personality Jeff Montgomery. Montgomery will entertain the crowd with his unique announcing style while they hear tall tales of barnstorming and learn the history of each biplane as the pilots fly overhead.
The aircraft will be on display each day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. - weather permitting.
Spectators can even experience the thrill of an open cockpit flight for themselves and go barnstorming in a beautifully restored Travel Air, New Standard or Stearman vintage biplane. Biplane rides will be available daily; weather permitting. The cost is $60 per passenger. The cost for Stearman "hands-on flights" is $200 per person.
For more information, visit American Barnstormers website at www.