Spirit of Flight Celebtation


Smith Field

Spirit of Flight Celebration

This is the replica, which will be flying in                                This is the original, on permanent display at the 

Fort Wayne, IN.                                                                                                         Smithsonian in Washington, DC.



  Smith Field  (SMD) 

Fort Wayne,  IN

June 28/29,  2003  


 Come and join us as EAA-VAA Chapter 37 welcomes the visit of the Experimental Aircraft Association's replica of the Spirit of St. Louis in a nostalgic  recreation of the stop Charles Lindbergh planned at historic Smith Field on his way west, after flying east into history.  In addition, we will be bringing the past and future together as EAA Chapter 2 hosts local youth, introducing them to the world of aviation through the Young Eagles program.


  • Spirit of St. Louis - get an up close and personal look at this replica of the Ryan.  You can even buy a ticket for only $150 to take a ride in the Spirit; hurry!- they're going fast.  And, yes, pilots can get "stick time" - click here for an AOPA published report on flying this replica. 


  • Young Eagles - yesmall.gif (6297 bytes) The EAA Young Eagles Program wants to offer every young person between the ages of 8 and 17 the chance to turn the dream of flight into a reality. EAA's goal is to have flown 1,000,000 young people by the 100th anniversary of flight in the year 2003.  Pre-registration for these FREE flights is required.  Click here to request more information.


  • Flight Safety Rallye / Poker Run - Sunday from 0900 to 1200. Join in for a chance to win one of several great prizes. Mandatory pilot briefing is at 0830.


  • Snack Bar - Grab a bite to eat from 1000-1600 each day.  


  • Fly-in/drive-in pancake breakfast - Sunday, starting at 0730.


  • Fun and Camaraderie - be around vintage and modern aircraft and the pilots who share the common interest of love of flight.  Some of the plane types expected to be present (in addition to the Spirit replica!) are:        ###  Ercoupe   ###   Stinson "Flying Station Wagon"   ###   Cessnas and Pipers galore   ###   Waco   ###    

For further information, contact Tim Fox or Les Matheson.