1928 Travel Air 6000
Built in 1928 for commercial flights from Dallas to Jackson, Miss., a Travel Air 6000 takes off from Polson airport at last Saturday’s Fly-In. Replete with wicker seats, crank down landing lights and a miniscule bathroom with running water, the plane went on to serve as a “backcountry workhorse,” delivering freight and dropping smoke jumpers in the region until the late 1960s.
Chuck Jarecki and his 1975 Cessna 185
Polson’s Chuck Jarecki (at left), with his trusty 1975 Cessna 185. As a founding member of the Recreational Aircraft Foundation, he fights to preserve backcountry airstrips. “We’ve grown it from six people with an idea to 6,000 members,” Jarecki says proudly.
1943 Boeing Stearman
This 1943 Boeing Stearman biplane, belonging to Dick Schaus of Kalispell, was a big hit with those attending the Fly-In.
Posted: Friday, September 21, 2012 9:30 pm
POLSON — A dazzling display of planes new and old covered the ground and filled the air at the Polson airport on Saturday, as appreciative onlookers came to celebrate the timeless wonder of flight. The occasion marked the 14th annual Polson Fly-In, and the yearly spectacle brought recreational pilots and curious members of the general public together for an impassioned ode to aviation.
Mauri Morin, manager of the Ronan Airport and president of the local chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association, helped coordinate not only the Polson Fly-In, but similar events in Ronan and St. Ignatius that took place earlier in the summer.
Friday, September 21, 2012 9:30 pm.