BETHEL – Plans are firming up for next month’s fly-in event and classic car show at Bethel Regional Airport.

At Wednesday night’s Bethel Airport Authority meeting, event co-organizer Randy Autrey said he was still trying to get a military flyover at noon by the Green Mountain Boys of Vermont. Already scheduled for a noon flyover is Autrey’s ex-squadron, the Naval P-3 Orion Patrol Squadron 8 out of Brunswick.

The Fall Foliage Fly-In and Car Show is to be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, at the airport.

Autrey said Fly-In Committee members decided to include a classic car show to give both fly-in pilots and classic car owners something to look at.

“Both can drool over each other’s toys,” Autrey said.

Airport Authority board member Mike Murphy said he has also been trying to get the owner of a Fokker tri-plane to attend, by flying his plane from its berth at Owl’s Head Transportation Museum to Bethel.

Murphy asked the board and Airport Manager Scott Cole if there was money in the event budget to provide the Fokker pilot with fuel to return to Owl’s Head after the fly-in, as a means to induce him to fly the craft to Bethel.

Cole said that $1,500 had been budgeted for the event, but another possibility exists to get fuel for the Fokker.

On Friday, Sept. 24, the airport’s fuel pump is to be calibrated and as much as 100 gallons of fuel pumped out during the process. It was suggested that some of that fuel could be used to induce the Fokker pilot to attend the event.

Other scheduled Fly-In events include a model jet aircraft demo and a Federal Aviation Administration Wings Seminar on weather.

Additionally, other participants include the Maine Civil Air Patrol and Bethel Volunteer Fire Department, and the Maine Powered Parachute Patrol.


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