Fly-in delights spectators at Grand Haven airport

The sights and sounds of aircraft filled the air at Grand Haven Memorial Airport Saturday as hundreds of people came out for the Dawn Patrol Fly-in Pancake Breakfast.
Alex Doty
Aug 25, 2014

Motor glider pilots from the Tuskegee Airmen National Historical Museum provided flight formation and general maneuver demonstrations, and other pilots performed fly-bys and special takeoffs and landings at the city’s airport.

“It’s a great event. It’s nice they can get the young kids in the planes and interested in flying,” Allendale resident Steve McMaster said.

This was the first time McMaster attended the event. He said he was attending with his son’s Boy Scout troop, which was doing crowd control and helping with the pancake breakfast.

In addition to the motor gliders and array of breakfast food during a pancake breakfast, there were other aircraft on display Saturday morning.

These winged craft ranged from general aviation aircraft to Pipers, and planes from the Grand Haven Experimental Aircraft Aviation Chapter 211.

While the event was hosted in the city, it brought people in from all over the area.

“I remember coming to these as a kid, so it’s kind of interesting to see it come back,” Grand Haven Township Supervisor Karl French said. “There’s a lot of interesting stuff going on here.”

Added French: “Community events like this sponsored by small organizations are great.”

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