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Fly-in set for Saturday

Jim Arnt looks into the cockpit of his Thrush turbo prop airplane he uses for aerial spraying in this file photo from June. Arnt's plane will be on display during the fly-in breakfast Saturday at Worthington Regional Airport.

WORTHINGTON -- New to the Worthington Air Show and Fly-in Breakfast this year are free airplane rides for children and a flyover demonstration of B-52 and F-60 fighter jets.

The event will be from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Worthington Municipal Airport.

Members of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) will offer airplane rides free of charge to youths ages eight to 17. Those who participate will receive a certificate and registration in the EAA's Young Eagles program, which was designed to give young people the opportunity to experience flight.

"We're really hoping lots of people will take advantage of that," said Jim Laffrenzen, Worthington's Director of Public Works, who is working on promotions for the event.

"Mom and dad can eat breakfast and watch their kids go for an airplane ride."

For those 18 years of age and older, 15-minute airplane rides will be available for $15.

And when visitors work up an appetite with all that flying, local boy scout troops will host a pancake and sausage fundraiser from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Cost is $4 for adults, $2 for children 12 years of age and under.

Weather permitting, the B-52 and F-60 fighter jets will fly overhead between 10 and 11 a.m. and Jim Arnt of Arnt Aerial Spray will have his yellow crop duster plane on display.

"He will be on hand to answer questions on how he operates and how he flies so low. People see it all the time flying over the community and they might be curious," Laffrenzen said.

Also on display will be C-130 military transport aircrafts, Sanford and Avera care flight helicopters and a Humvee. Military recruiters will be on site with a climbing wall for children. Members of the Luverne Parachute Club have two jumps scheduled for roughly 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

The event, now in its third year, may even have a visitor from the Republican National Convention -- a flying visitor, that is.

Coordinators have tentatively arranged to have a Black Hawk helicopter, currently in St. Paul, to be on display at the show. Also tentatively scheduled is an aerobatics show by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Free parking for the event is available near the Prairie Justice Center, 1680 Airport Road. A shuttle bus will transport attendees to the airport. Call 372-8601 for more information.