A Successful Second Year...
The 2nd annual Wings Over Piper event, sponsored by Wings Of Williamsport,
was held August 6, 7 & 8, 2004 at the historic William T. Piper Memorial
Airport, Lock Haven, Pennsylvania. The eventís primary sponsor was by Balsa
USA with secondary sponsorship from Horizon Hobby. The weather was beautiful
with a slight breeze conducive for wonderful flying. By noon on Friday there
were already 20 plus registered pilots taking to the air. The opening ceremony
was held at 9:00 am Saturday with the singing of the national anthem and
a formation flyover of three full size J-3 cubs. Lock Haven city mayor Richard
Vilello spoke during the ceremony, welcoming the visitors to Lock Haven
and thanking all for coming. Several full-scale Pipers and other aircraft
came to the event during the day and were displayed by their owners. Later
that afternoon there was a special appearance by William T. (Bill) Piper
Jr. Bill, at 94 years young, with a charming smile and personality was overwhelmed
at the turnout of pilots and planes. He spent several hours at the event
mingling with pilots and spectators and signing autographs. Shuttle trips
to the Piper Museum were offered throughout the day along with guided tours
of the museum. The turnout of Piper Cubs was terrific, even though the event
was not limited exclusively to Piper Cubs. Approximately 2500 people attended
the event, doubling the attendance from the previous year. The registered
pilot list reached nearly 50 flyers from 10 different states with many camping
on grounds or staying at the local hotels.
Lots of Cubs...
One of the highlights of the event was a 1/2 scale J-3 cub on display.
The cub is currently in the bones and being restored by Don Nuss, one of
the club members, and will be put on display at the Piper Aviation museum
There were plenty of 1/3 and 1/4 scale Cubs along with 60 and 40 size
and even a few electrics on hand all weekend. Pilots with aerobatic planes,
war birds and a variety of other planes also came to the event.
Paul Shafner and Jerry Mc Callum, both from Md. attended the event for
the second time and flew 1/3 scale Balsa U.S.A. J-3 cubs. At last years
event they flew a beautiful routine together set to music but were unable
to this year due to battery problems. We hope they get that fixed for next
David Fepelstein from Gaithersburg Md. also wowed the crowd with several
flights with a beautifully finished 1/4 scale p-51 mustang powered by a
ZDZ- 80. Dave mentioned that next year he would half to have a cub to bring
along as well. We thought maybe he could just paint the mustang cub yellow!
Casey Zeigmann sits in 1/2 scale Piper Cub with father Kevin.
Plenty to do, plenty to take home...
Local hobby stores set up booths and supported the event by donating
items to be raffled off. Several product vendors with aircraft related items
including the Piper souvenir trailer also participated in the event. There
was even a craft show (for the ladies) to buy some of the local artists
wares. There was plenty of great food available supplied by local food vendors
on site. A raffle was also held during the weekend for a ride in a full-scale
Albatross jet piloted by Lee Gilbert and J-3 cub piloted by Ray Gorham both
based at the Lock Haven Airport. Pilots participating in the event were
given prizes from the sponsors. Several awards in different categories were
also presented to the pilots.
A bright future and a rich heritage...
Wings of Williamsport Flying Club anticipates that the Wings Over Piper
event will continue to grow each year as it offers an unique opportunity
for modelers to gather and fly at the historic Piper airport. The flying
club has approximately 70 members. Club President and founder of the event
Hal Lusk, is very proud of the members participation in making the event
a success. Lock Haven city council and the Piper airport are extremely supportive
of the event. They look forward to the event continuing annually. Wings
of Williamsport wishes to thank the members of Sentimental Journey for all
of their support. Sentimental Journey is an annual full-scale Piper Fly-in
held every June. At this event J-3 cubs and other piper aircraft return
to their birthplace, the William T. Piper Memorial Airport, for a weekend
of reminiscing and sharing their love of Piper aircraft.
Plans are being made for next yearís event scheduled for August 5, 6,
and 7, 2005. With a facility as nice and as the Lock Haven airport and the
picturesque valley in which it is located, Wings Over Piper is sure to become
one of the most popular events on the East coast. What a great opportunity
to gather and fly at such a historic place. Although the club encourages
the gathering and flying of as many piper aircraft as possible, the event
is open to all type of rc aircraft. Make plans now for the 2005 event and
share in the memories and history of Piper.
We love Wings Over Piper...
Feedback following the event indicated that a great time was had by everyone:
We had an enjoyable time this weekend. Your hospitality was exceptionally
great. Your event will continue to grow....
-- Chris Dascano
Just a short note of thanks for the great flying this past Friday
and Saturday. I had a great time and will be back next year.
-- Doug Harper
Thanks for providing a nice Sunday afternoon for my son and me.
I stumbled across your Wings Over Piper web site and decided to take
my two year old to watch some airplanes. We really enjoyed the RC planes
- and the occasional "real" airplane was an extra treat. A very nice
man, whom I assume was from the Wings of Williamsport Club, gave my
son a toy airplane. It kept him occupied for well over an hour and allowed
me some extra time to watch the air show. We bought a few things at
the craft show and shared the biggest and cheapest ice cream cone that
I've seen in a long time. Everyone we spoke with was really nice and
friendly. Hopefully you are planning a 3rd Annual Wings Over Piper.
If so, I'll return and bring a few extra people with me.
-- Gail Durachko
Just wanted to let you know that I had a great time at this yearís
event. My electric powered sport and pattern models were certainly in
the minority in terms of power systems in use, but they earned the respect
of other pilots and the spectators. I was pleased that your announcer
recognized the quiet flight aspect of these models and made a point
of informing the crowd. I also wanted to thank the volunteer spotters
who came to the aid of this solo pilot on the flight line.
-- Roy Thompson
Wings of Williamsport would like to thank all of the members and their
families that helped to make the event a tremendous success. Due to the
large number of people involved in this event, it is impossible to list
everyone individually. Though the members' names do not appear here, the
event would not have been possible without all of their hard work.
In addition to our members, we wish to thank the following organizations:
The City of Lock Haven
The William T. Piper Memorial Airport and its employees
Sentimental Journey to Cub Haven
The full scale pilots who call Lock Haven home
The Piper Aviation Museum and its employees
The Central Pennsylvania All-Terrain Vehicle Association