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WHEAT – Phifer Aerodrome was the site of the 2022 Wheatland Fly-In on Saturday August 27, which started at 8 a.m. and lasted until 11 a.m.

The airfield, located north of Antelope Gap Road just past the Platte County Fairgrounds, had planes flying in from all over last Saturday. “We are thrilled with this event,” said Dallas Mount, a local aviation enthusiast and member of the Wheatland Airport Board of Directors and the aviation community. It was the third annual flight since the airport reopened after extensive renovations. According to Mount, the planes started flying at 7 a.m. This year we have added some exciting events. The EAA chapter for Southeast Wyoming coordinated Young Eagles flights for youth to introduce them to aviation. We had a STOL demo around 10am which stands for Short Take Off or Landing and is amazing to watch. And the ever-favorite candy drop took place around 10:30 a.m., where candy was dropped on the trail for young children to enjoy. When asked if planes should call ahead, Mount replied, “Actually, that’s what we call an uncontrolled field,” Mount said. “So the pilots announce their position and the other pilots listen and talk to each other. So really, the pilots take care of their own air traffic control. Two years ago, the chatter of pilots in the air actually attracted people to fly. Two years ago, there was also a family that arrived from Spearfish, South Dakota, who had just been out for a weekend family getaway. Michael and Kristi Rath and their children Faith and Joshua were at the Hot Springs Balloon launch when radio chatter fell on their radio about the fly-in, so they decided to make a stopover in Wheatland. “Our plane is a 1953 Cessna 195,” Michael Rath said. “It seats five and it’s a good family plane and we just enjoyed it from Spearfish, South Dakota and we’re so glad we got off today. I’m currently a pilot and work within from the corporate department of Net Jets. I fly on my days off, then I can fly on my days off. We got an invite to fly in from Robert Hilty who has a plane like this. We will be jumping on the plane and heading back to Spearfish This Saturday breakfast was served at 8am and was free for the pilots with a donation requested from others in attendance Support for this year’s fly-in was provided in part by Cinema West from a fundraiser at the screening of the new film Top Gun.”We would like to attract STOL aircraft this year, which means short takeoff or landing,” Mount said. is always nice to see with their big tires and cert oth of them will take off and land within a hundred feet. I think we will have historic planes, although we don’t know what to expect. There was a special plane that arrived mid-morning, circled, flew over the runway, and dropped candies for the children. He was nicknamed “the drop of candy”. “It’s just a really community day, getting together at the airport, watching cool planes land and take off,” Mount said. “The Fly-in was a great success! We would like to thank everyone who contributed to its realization, sponsors, volunteers, city employees and all those who participated. We fed about 200 people at breakfast and about 20 planes arrived together. It was great to see over 100 kids participating in the candy drop! Wheatland Airport plays a vital role in our community, from providing rescue and firefighting flights to making our community more business-friendly. »

Photo captions below:

Fly1: Cole Schroeder stands next to one of the most unique planes seen at the Wheatland Fly-In at Phifer Airfield in Wheatland last Saturday morning.

Fly2: Jim Smith, a pilot from Cheyenne, was one of the pilots who volunteered his time and plane to provide rides for people who wanted to see Platte County from the air. Here is his plane descending ready to land at Phifer Airfield in Wheatland.

Fly3: There were planes in the air, guest pilots, and planes that were in hangars for people to see and take pictures.

Fly4: Another aircraft descending the runway in the aircraft parking area. The fly-in had many spectator events, including a STOL demonstration at 10 a.m.

Fly5: One of the aircraft that had come solely to carry children who otherwise might never have the chance to experience the joy of flying.

Fly6: There were many unique and specialty aircraft that flew in and out of Platte County for the flight, delighting the hundreds of people who came out for the flight celebration. This aircraft was similar to the homebuilt Long-EZ aircraft kit, N555JD, an aircraft that famed singer-songwriter John Denver died on October 12, 1997.

Fly7: Spectators got a chance to see some of the planes up close and personal during the Wheatland Fly-In held last Saturday from 8-11 a.m.

Fly1: Cole Schroeder stands next to one of the most unique planes seen at the Wheatland Fly-In at Phifer Airfield in Wheatland last Saturday morning. Fly2: Jim Smith, a pilot from Cheyenne, was one of the pilots who volunteered his time and plane to provide rides for people who wanted to see Platte County from the air. Here is his plane descending ready to land at Phifer Airfield in Wheatland. Fly3: There were planes in the air, guest pilots, and planes that were in hangars for people to see and take pictures. Fly4: Another aircraft descending the runway in the aircraft parking area. The fly-in had many spectator events, including a STOL demonstration at 10 a.m. Fly5: one of the planes that had come solely to provide rides for children who might never have had the chance to experience the joy of flying. Fly6: There were many unique and specialty aircraft that flew in and out of Platte County for the flight, delighting the hundreds of people who came out for the flight celebration. This aircraft was similar to the homebuilt Long-EZ aircraft kit, N555JD, an aircraft that famed singer-songwriter John Denver died on October 12, 1997. Fly7: Spectators were lucky enough to see some of the aircraft up close and personal at the Wheatland Fly-In held last Saturday from 8-11 a.m.

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