Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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September 11, 2013

Crossville Memorial Fly-In set Sept. 28

CROSSVILLE — The 2013 Crossville Airport Open House and Fly-In, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 28, will have an AH-1 Cobra Helicopter on display. The Cobra, which is a two-bladed, single engine attack helicopter, will be available for paid rides and there will one ride given away free, so don't forget to register.

The Cobra was developed for use in the Vietnam Conflict in the early 1960s and has been in service with the U.S. Military since 1967. It has a crew of two, a pilot and co-pilot, and is heavily armed with two 7.62 mini-guns, 40 millimeter grenade launchers, Hydra rockets, TOW missiles, and M-197 Gatling Gun. The Cobra can travel at a maximum speed of about 170 miles per hour and can carry up to 9,500 pounds of weight.

The Cobra attack helicopter has served in every major combat action involving the U.S. military since the Vietnam Conflict, including Iraq and Afghanistan. Visitors to the Fly-In will get to examine the Cobra up close and see it in the air.

The Open House and Fly-In will celebrate the 79th birthday of the airport. If you and your family love airplanes and the great outdoors, you will want to attend this Fly-In at Crossville Memorial Airport, Whitson Field, on Saturday, Sept. 28, beginning at 9 a.m.

There will be helicopter and plane rides for a fee, plus registration for free rides. One person will win a ride in the WWII warbird P51 Mustang, a Cobra Helicopter, and a Huey H1 Helicopter.

The F4U Corsair aircraft will not be available for rides. The one-seater was one of the finer fighter developments of the second World War, primarily seeing combat in the Pacific Theater of War. The uniquely designed bent-wings and ever-improving powerplant assured the system success over any enemy it encountered. The F4U would become the first Allied aircraft to ever be able to contend with the might A6M Zero's fielded by the Empire of Japan.

You are invited to bring your lawn chairs and umbrellas and spend the day at the airport. Many planes, including other WWII warbirds, will be on display for your inspection.

Food and refreshment will be for sale for the day and there will be inflatables for the smaller kids. Planes and helicopters will land and take off throughout the day and there will be static displays as well. This is a great opportunity to get a close-up look at many different kinds of airplanes.

The Fly-In is FREE to the public, and is hosted by the City of Crossville. For more information, contact Chris Bennett at (931) 484-5016.

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