The following post by Jim Jenkins, Director of Operations, North Cascades Vintage Aircraft Museum:
The 2015 Concrete North Cascades Vintage Fly-In is now history . Now into it’s 32nd year, the event has proven to be a favorite fly-in for individuals to camp under their wing or just to fly and spend the day.
The weather gods that had been treating the Pacific North West for almost two months with Hot and clear weather had a change in mind for the July 24th-26th Fly- In. With many food vendors online , volunteers lined up for parking a/c and a few others who were willing to offer their help for the three day event all watched as the weather which directly affects attendance was not going to bless us with the usual sparkling blue skies. Instead during Friday we had low clouds with river fog rolling in at the east end of the runway and marginal conditions throughout the Pacific N.W. which made early arrivals minimal, but by Friday’s end there was a count of around twenty die-hard campers all tented down with their birds on the south side of the main runway.
Conditions improved enough that Friday evening brought Pilots and their machines out for some evening buddy rides and blazing Flybys, all of this helped the somber mood for those having put this event together, The Museum even hauled a few of there machines from their hangers and did a little aerial maneuvering and gave a few rides.
Saturday did not fare much better as far as the weather went, but eventually another 40-50 aircraft found their way to the beautiful upper Skagit Valley. Again on Saturday afternoon/evening weather allowed pilots and Museum Pilots to mount their craft for buddy rides and typical fly-by’s showing the many attending drive ins that airplanes do indeed fly!
I would say that this years Fly-In attracted more attendees by automobile than by aircraft , all who were able to attend enjoyed the now famous laid back atmosphere and the majestic mountain views and on Saturday afternoon the tunes of the Mount Vernon Skagit Swing Band and the many antique and classic autos clubs that help pull this little event all together.
Award Plaques were given out to the most outstanding aircraft in attendance [editors note: another blog post coming about award winners!], in all 7 a/c that filled the judges clip boards were placed in there prospective owners aircraft. By Sunday morning a slight improvement in weather allowed all pilots to wing their way to their home airport destinations.
We here at the North Cascades Vintage Aircraft Museum and Fly-In Volunteers want to thank everyone who made the journey here by airplane or auto and hope that you plan on next years 2016 event.
Stay tuned for more blog posts about the 2015 FlyIn, including one on the award winners!