Thomasville Fly-In Kicks off with 'Flying' Colors

By: Caroline Gonzmart Email
By: Caroline Gonzmart Email

Aviation enthusiasts from Georgia, Florida, and Alabama are flying the friendly skies to attend Thomasville's 43rd Annual Fly-In.

Thomasville Aviation Club President Irv NeSmith says the goal of the event is to bring plane and aviation lovers together, no matter where they're from.

Says NeSmith, "We're just what we call a grassroots fly-in, we don't meet 'em and say, 'that'll be $20 for landing in Thomasville,' we say, 'Welcome to Thomasville.'

And the Fly-In isn't just limited to people with a set of wings- attendees also walk, drive, and camp their way to the legendary event. Some travel more than 200 miles, while others live right in town, but they all share one unique thing in common: the love of flying airplanes.

Says one flying enthusiast, "[Flying] just gives you unlimited latitude--where you want to go, it's just, I can't say enough about it -- you can tell I'm kind of bitten with the bug, right?"

Planes have been landing for the event all day, and more are still arriving. Festivities are scheduled throughout the Fly-In, including a helicopter candy-drop for children, pilot technique competitions, and a poker run flight to Quincy.

The Fly-In will run from 10/8-10/10.


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