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(Neb)-Chadron Applying To Sioux County Foundation For Fly-In Grant

By: John Axtell Posted at: 11/09/2017 11:51 PM
CHADRON - The Chadron City Council is hoping that hosting the 2018 Nebraska State Fly-In is the type of project that the late John Welling had in mind when the longtime Northern Panhandle rancher and businessman established the J-H Welling Endowment with the Sioux County Foundation.

       The city council this week gave the go-ahead for applying to the Foundation for a $10,000 grant from the Welling Endowment to help defray the costs of hosting the 3-day Fly-In June 8-10th.

       Chadron Mayor John Coates says organizers are expecting 1,500 visitors and up to 50 aircraft to come to the Fly-In.

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Entertainment being planned include flight demonstrations and static displays, parachutists, the Young Eagles "Introduction to Flight" for children, and a USO-style show with local talent and a military tribute.  Aircraft expected for static display include balloons, gliders, and military and civilian planes.

      Coates says the Fly-In is not only a chance to acquaint pilots and other attendees with Chadron and northwest Nebraska, it's also a chance to show off improvements at the airport.

     The current Chadron airport was built in WWII as a training school for Navy pilots and the Barrel Hanger is one of its original buildings.

     Chadron Public School students are researching the history of the airport and will present their report at the Fly-In before their work is placed on permanent display at the Dawes County Historical Museum. Other studetns are creating works of art celebrating the Fly-In for display around the community.


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