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You don’t want to miss this event at Chatham Airport!

Virginia Howard

Those intrigued by planes but not quite ready for takeoff can learn about remote flight from the Discover Flying Remote-Controlled Aircraft Club, which will have several aircraft on display.

Fans of old-school ground transportation can enjoy a large contingent of classic cars, courtesy of several regional clubs that include, among others, the Model-A Club of Cape Cod, the Cape Cod Classic Car Club and the Cape Cod Hot Rod Association. Individuals are welcome to display their vintage vehicles as well, with no reservations required. The Nauset Model Railroad Club will also showcase several working displays.

Members of the U.S. Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary will be present, as well as members of the Town of Chatham’s fire and police departments. In addition to answering guests’ questions, the town’s first responders will introduce visitors to their vehicles and equipment. 

One of the biggest attractions, at least for the kids, is a fire truck ride. “The kids love the antique fire truck,” says Tim. “One of our pilots, Peter Doolittle, is also a truck mechanic, and he gives rides on his truck. That’s a huge hit, as is the face painting.”  

In addition to the face painting, other child-friendly amusements will be available in a dedicated “kids’ area.” Food will be available in the airport’s Hangar B Restaurant, and Larry’s PX Service will offer picnic-style food outdoors. 

Each year, the open house features a nonprofit organization. This year’s guest will be Turtles Fly, Too, a Boise, Idaho-based group that coordinates the rescue of sea turtles with the help of volunteer pilots. Representatives from the organization, as well as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, will be on hand to discuss sea turtle migration patterns, what puts the turtles at risk for stranding, and how to conserve their species.

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