The 2018 Oregon Biennial Air Tour will visit Joseph State Airport Tuesday through Thursday, July 17-19. Arrivals will vary throughout the morning and early afternoon on Tuesday and departures will be on Thursday morning.
The tour of small privately-owned single-engine aircraft is organized by the Oregon Antique and Classic Aircraft Club in even-numbered years. The tour has a rich history, which originated in 1930.
Four tours were held in the ‘30s to promote private general aviation in Oregon and the Northwest. Following World War II, interests focused on other things, and air tours were set aside.
In 1980, the club was formed. The membership learned of the ‘30s air tours, and in 1984 organized the first replica of the early air tours that continues to this day.
This is the 18th biennial Oregon Air Tour.
The purpose is to promote and encourage aviation for pleasure as well as business and preserve an aviation heritage by flying older planes.
All planes must be airworthy and pass a rigorous annual inspection.
The club expects a wide range in types and ages of aircraft (‘40s through current homebuilt aircraft). All are single engine land aircraft, and some fly less than 100 miles per hour.
Some planes have “conventional” landing gear, which means they have a tail wheel rather than a nose wheel (tri-cycle gear).
Among aircraft expected to be on hand are a 1941 Taylorcraft, 1941 Interstate Cadet, 1947 Cessna 140, 1949 Piper Clipper, 1952 Bonanza C-35, 1974 Cessna 172, 2004 Zenair 701, 2008 RV6 and a 2015 RV12.
The public is invited to stop out to view the planes and talk with the pilots from arrival until dusk.
Info: Andy Harris, Air Tour Coordinator, 307-287-0155; Jon and Marilyn Husser, Joseph Site Coordinators, 503-910-7238.