From up-close looks at aircraft, airplane rides, speakers, hands-on exhibits and a pancake breakfast, the annual Kent State University Aeronautics Fair offers a day of fun and education for all ages.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Aeronautics Fair will take place Sept. 10 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at KSU's Andrew Paton Field, 4020 Kent Road in Stow.
Admission is free, however, donations are appreciated to continue the availability of the Fair in future. Donations are accepted at entry.
Free parking is available in the following locations: Kent State University Airport: Parking at the airport will be only for those with a state-issued handicap license plate or hang tag and fair vendors; Christ Community Chapel: 3900 Kent Road, (Route 59) Stow; and Stow-Kent Shopping Center: 4301 Kent Road, (Route 59) Stow (free busing will be supplied).
The day will begin, weather permitting, with a hot air balloon launch at 7 a.m. Fun Makers Inc. will be offering balloon rides; call Dennis Welser at 330-633-3288 for informaion on scheduling a balloon ride.
From 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., there will be Corsair Model Aircraft Club demonstration flights. The model aircraft displays and computer model flight simulators will be in the hangar throughout the day.
From 8:30 to 5:30 p.m., the Kent State Flight Team will be conducting plane rides, weather permitting, in a Cessna 172 Skyhawk. Proceeds go to support the flight team's competition in the Regional Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference (SAFECON) in October, and subsequently to the National SAFECON in May where the flight team competes against the top 30 teams from across the nation. The Kent State Precision Flight Team is a self-funded student organization at KSU and depends on donations and fundraising for equipment, materials, uniforms, registration fees and travel expenses for their competitions. Rides will be offered at $30 per person; or $85 for 3 people (Weight restrictions may apply).
The North American SNJ-4 from the Buffalo Heritage Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force will also be offering 30-minute flights. Contact 716-249-0540 for ride information and costs.
Want to a once-in-a-lifetime experience to fly in a Douglas C-47 Skytrain? The Yankee Air Museum will be selling flights on its Douglas C-47 Skytrain "Yankee Doodle Dandy." Tickets are $195 per person for a 25-30 minute ride. All proceeds from these tickets will go to directly supporting the Yankee Air Museum. Contact Vince Caruso at 330-592-0316 or go online www.YankeeAirMuseum.orgto make a reservation.
Start the day in the hangar with a hearty pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Stow-Munroe Falls. The breakfast will include pancakes, sausage and beverages. Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time. The Stow-Munroe Falls club recently celebrated its 25th anniversary.
Tickets for the breakfast are $8 for all-you-can-eat. Proceeds directly benefit the Stow-Munroe Falls Kiwanis Aviation Scholarship Program. This year's scholarship will be presented at noon.
Food vendors Stoddard's Frozen Custard and Yogurt, Playland Food Concessions and Morning Owl Coffeehouse will begin serving at noon.
A variety of airplanes will be on display from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Among the aircraft planned to appear in this year's fair are: Fairchild C-123 Provider "Thunder Pig" and a Piper L-21B Seneca (Super Cub) from the Air Heritage Museum; a Piper PA-28R-201 Arrow III and a Piper PA-44-180 Seminole from Kent State University; Douglas C-47 Skytrain "Yankee Doodle Dandy" from the Yankee Air Museum; and the North American B-25 Mitchell "Champaign Gal," 1939 Fairchild F24 and Stinson 10A Voyager, all from the Champaign Aviation Museum.
At 10 a.m., Tuskegee Airman Roy. S. Richardson will share experiences about World War II's "segregated military." Richardson was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 2007 by President George W. Bush and he now travels around Northeast Ohio teaching the history of the Tuskegee Airmen.
Ken Ramsay, USAF Tactical Fighter Pilot of the F-100 Super Sabre will present "My Personal Experiences in the Military and Beyond" at 11 a.m. Ramsay was a USAF Tactical Fighter Pilot of the F-100 Super Sabre. Between 1962-68 he was on armed alert during the Cuba Missile Crisis, armed nuclear alert overseas, and armed combat support in Vietnam. He is currently restoring an A-26 Invader (WWII twin engine attack aircraft).
At 2 p.m., the speaker will be Susan M. Johnson, employed at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Glenn Research Center, and the Deputy Project Manager for the Revolutionary Vertical Lift Technology Project. She will discuss aerospace. She has been an aerospace project manager for more than 15 years, managing diverse propulsion engine projects such as the Advanced Turboprop project and the hypersonic engine technology project.
Speaking at 3 p.m. will be Brian Stofiel of Stofiel Aerospace LLC. His company recruited five U.S. military veterans to help produce the first public product, BOREAS, a balloon-based launch system and unique in the solid rocket only design. The balloon carries the rocket to the edge of the atmosphere where the rocket fire and carries a small satellite into Low Earth Orbit.
Exhibitors include Center of Science and Industry (COSI) Science Spot (until 3 p.m.); Discover Aviation Center's AvLab, Lorain County Airport (LPR); EAA Chapter 1077, New Philadelphia (PHD) pedal planes; MAPS Air Museum, dedicated to providing military aviation history education; Kids In Flight, a non-profit organization with a mission to use aviation to empower children with serious illnesses and disabilities and their families through flight experiences and educational programs; U.S. Marine Corps; U.S. Army; Six District Educational Compact; and the Civil Air Patrol.