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Kent State University Presents Its Annual Celebration of Flight with the 2009 Aviation Heritage Fair (8/28)
Free event includes two airport flyovers and displays of vintage and contemporary aircraft

Kent State University College of Technology’s Aeronautics Program, together with the city of Stow and the Stow-Munroe Falls Kiwanis Club, will host its annual aviation fair on Saturday, Sept. 12, from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Kent State University Airport, located at 4020 Kent Road in Stow.

Always a favorite Northeast Ohio summer event, the Aviation Heritage Fair features activities for both the flight enthusiast and casual fan. Highlights include airplane rides, airport flyovers and aircraft displays, featuring both civilian and military planes and helicopters. Additionally, music will be provided by the Stow-Munroe Falls High School Marching Band. A children’s tent with arts and crafts activities for young families is presented by the city of Stow.

One of the best parts of the fair is the opportunity to get intimate views of both vintage and contemporary aircraft. This year’s displays include several World War II aircraft, including a SNJ-4 from the Commemorative Air Force and the C-47 Yankee Lady. The Goodyear Blimp will be moored on site beginning Friday afternoon through Saturday, and several military and corporate aircraft will be on static display, including a T-34 and a Cessna Citation Sovereign.

“This year’s Aviation Heritage Fair also features two airport flyovers,” said Maureen McFarland, academic program director of aeronautics and assistant professor at Kent State. “The first flight will be between 11 a.m. and 11:35 a.m., and the second will take place at noon. The aircrafts, a C-130 and KC-135, are going to be piloted by all Kent State alumni who are currently serving in our Armed Forces. We’re very honored and proud to highlight their service to our country and their accomplishments since graduation. We also want to be sure that those who live and work near and around the airport know about these activities as we don’t want to cause concern for our community members.”

The 2009 Aviation Heritage Fair officially begins at 7 a.m. with the morning balloon launch and a pancake breakfast, hosted by the Stow-Munroe Falls Kiwanis Club. Breakfast tickets are $6 per person. The Kiwanis Club also will participate in the awarding of its annual aviation scholarship, which will be presented by Stow-Munroe Falls Kiwanis Club President with help from Kent State President Lester A. Lefton.

Event admission and parking are free. Airplane rides are $25 per person or $55 for three people. Those interested in rides must register at the sign-up tent upon arrival. Carnival food and beverages will be available for sale throughout the day. The fair will take place rain or shine, although some events are subject to change due to inclement weather. For more information on the 2009 Aviation Heritage Fair, visit

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Media Contacts:
Maureen McFarland,, 330-672-9867
Emily Vincent,, 330-672-8595


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