Aviation buffs who began summer craning their necks skyward at the Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach can end the season getting up close and personal with some rarely seen vintage aircraft, during East Hampton Airport’s newly revived Just Plane Fun Day.
About 35 to 40 antique planes, including some rarely seen models like biplanes and a World War II bomber are expected to be flown in or wheeled from the 600-acre airport’s 62 private hangars Saturday for the exhibit.
Just Plane Fun Day features “a lot of the kinds of planes that people don’t really get to see very often,” said Kathryn Skye Allen, 45, of East Hampton, an attorney, pilot and member of the East Hampton Aviation Association, a pilot group.
Among the rare birds on display will be a B-25 bomber, which Tom Duffy, 63, an attorney in Philadelphia, uses to commute to East Hampton, where he has a summer home. The bomber is the same class used in the famous 1942 Doolittle Raid on Tokyo by U.S. forces after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, he said.
If Duffy can round up enough pilots, he’ll also fly in his P-51 Mustang and his Grumman Widgeon, the latter an amphibious civilian aircraft that Duffy says was used to track German submarines off Long Island during World War II. “I’ve only shown the Widgeon one time on the East Coast,” he said.
BACK AFTER A DECADE
The pilot group is reviving the show after a 10-year hiatus to bring positive attention to the facility, which has received noise complaints. “We want to give our community an opportunity to enjoy a family-friendly day at the airport,” Allen said.
Allen says she also expects the field to include a T-6 Texan single-engine plane, antique WACO and Stearman biplanes, and a Suffolk County Police Aviation Unit’s Medevac helicopter.
For fans of ground transportation, a vintage car section features classic automobiles from the 1920s through the 1990s.
Vintage planes will also be flown in from the Bayport Aerodrome, Allen says. Sean Martens of the Bayport Aerodrome Society is planning to pilot a rare WACO QCF manufactured in 1932 by the Weaver Aircraft Company of Troy, Ohio, which made civilian biplanes between 1919 and 1947.
“It’s one of seven in the world,” Martens says of the WACO QCF. In fact, the plane is even more notable than that. Its log indicates it was flown from Mitchel Field in Nassau County during the 1930s by Anne Morrow Lindbergh, wife of the pioneering aviator Charles Lindbergh.
Munchies will be available from food trucks including Greenport-based Noah’s on the Road, serving farm-to-truck tacos,($6-$8) dirty fries ($8), North Fork conch fritters ($10) and lobster rolls ($20). Blondie’s Bake Shop in Centerport will serve Mac & Cheese ($5), waffles with berries and cream ($8) and Nutella cupcakes ($3).
JUST PLANE FUN DAY
WHEN | WHERE 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9 at East Hampton Airport, 200 Daniels Hole Rd., Wainscott
INFO 631-230-0630, hamptonflyers.com
A MODEL SHOW
Long Island Flying Eagles Veterans Memorial Air Show
WHEN | WHERE Sept. 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunken Meadow State Park, Field 1, Kings Park
INFO 631-744-7623, flyingeaglesrc.com
ADMISSION $10 vehicle use fee
Aviation is a small-scale affair at the Veterans Memorial Air Show, with a flock of model airplanes, helicopters and drones buzzing around in the skies over Sunken Meadow State Park. The 60-member Long Island Flying Eagles club will also be staging mock dogfights between radio-controlled model warbirds. Want to learn more about this hobby? Attend an introductory pilot program to learn “the satisfaction of building these models, putting them together and seeing them fly,” says club president Andre Perez, of Ridge.