Grand Canyon Valle Airport (40G), about 25 miles south of the Canyon Rim, recently hosted the Planes of Fame High Country Warbirds Fly-In. On June 25-26, an excited crowd kept pilots busy, hopping rides in a pair of P-51s, a B-25, Stearman, Feisler Storch, Cessna L-19 and a Cessna 195 in warbird paint. The event has seen a growing number of fly-ins over the past few years. It drew people from Williams, Flagstaff, Phoenix, and even California.
Several hundred people who were just driving by on their way to or from the Grand Canyon also pulled in to watch the famous World War II aircraft make low, high-speed passes over the north/south runway. They also availed themselves of the famous Planes of Fame Museum, which is located on the airport. Many were surprised to see a number of museum-quality exhibits of antique Ford trucks and cars parked in the airport terminal building.
Grand Canyon Airlines flew in their 1929 Ford Tri-Motor to share the skies with such a wonderful collection of aircraft history!The event will be repeated in June 2006.