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Fly-in event set for Saturday at MidCoast Regional
A B-17 is expected to perform a fly-by on Saturday

Heath Aviation LLC, the fixed based operations manager at the MidCoast Regional Airport is planning a fly-in on Saturday, May 28 at the airport, according to Heath Aviation owner Sean Heath.

The event is scheduled to be from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. MidCoast Regional Airport is located at 1116 East Lowe Circle, Fort Stewart.

The Fly-in will feature current and older aircrafts offering the public a chance to marvel at classic airplanes, and also a chance to win raffle prizes to include a flight aboard one of their aircrafts.

The public will be able to purchase tickets for aircraft rides as well.

Heath said their goal is to raise money for the Mighty Eighth Museum and to show their appreciation to military members and their families.

The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force is a non-profit organization with a museum facility located in Pooler in the western suburbs of Savannah.

It educates visitors through the use of exhibits, artifacts, archival materials, and stories, most of which are dedicated to the history of the Eighth Air Force of the United States Army Air Corps that served in the European Theatre during World War II.

At the event Heath Aviation, LLC will be donating four - $1,000 scholarships to Liberty County students. State Representative Al Williams (D-Midway) will be there to present the scholarship winners with their checks.

The scholarship presentation will take place at noon. Heath said they plan to have a B-17 to perform a fly-by and a B-25 expected to land at the airport. Heath said there are two flight schools stationed at MidCoast Regional Airport and flight instructors will be at the event to answer questions for those interested in taking a course or registering onsite.

The B-17 was primarily employed by the United States Airforce in the daylight strategic bombing campaign of World War II against German industrial, military and civilian targets.

The B-25 served in every theater of WWII, and after the war ended, many remained in service, operating across four decades.

“We should have two aerobatic Stearman planes and four or five additional planes for those that wish to purchase rides or for raffle winners,” Heath said. “These flight schools both offer VA benefits to help pay for flight training school for military members.”

Heath said representatives for MX Aircraft Company, based in Australia but with plans to begin assembly of their product in the United States at MidCoast, will be at the event to meet and greet people.

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