Pancakes and more - and a very special welcome - are planned for this Saturday, June 2, at Mid-Way Regional Airport, located on U.S. Highway 287 between Waxahachie and Midlothian.
In conjunction with the 11th annual Pancake Fly-in, this year’s event also will feature a groundbreaking for the airport’s newest resident, the Trojan Phlyers.
Comprised of retired U.S. Air Force and Marine pilots, the Trojan Phylers are moving their operations and three T28s to the airport. The T28s will be on display during the fly-in and also flown. If the FAA approves, the group will perform an aerobatics formation as well.
The event kicks off at 8 a.m. with the pancake breakfast and with the Classic Swing Band returning again to provide the entertainment Tickets are $5 per person, with children younger than 8 eating free with a paid adult ticket.
Plane rides are available for a fee, with the event featuring a number of classic airplanes and fighter planes on display, including a DC3 and Convairs.
“We usually have from 50 to 60 planes that fly in,” said Tammy Bowen, airport operations, noting members of the Commemorative Air Force are among those expected to attend.
Pancakes will be served until 11 a.m., with the event’s other activities to include a remote control airplane demonstration and cars on display by Midlothian Classic Wheels planned.
Organizers anticipate good weather and invite people to attend, enjoy the breakfast and visit with the different pilots.
“We’ll be here rain or shine,” Bowen said, noting as many as 700 people have attended the breakfast in years past.
“We’re hoping the event will attract several local communities,” she said, noting the event is held to help raise awareness about the airport, which opened up in 1994 and held its first fly-in in 1997 in coordination with the Gingerbread Trail. “We do this to help alert people in the state that we are able to meet their needs.”
The groundbreaking for the Trojan Phlyers’ new hangar will be held at 10:30 a.m.
The Trojan Phylers’ members co-own the three T28s. Three of the members, Frank Adams, John Sledge and Chip Lamb, will serve as pilots during the aerobatics formation show, which is pending FAA approval for the event.
“If we get the OK from the FFA, the T28s will be doing an air show right after they have their groundbreaking ceremony,” Bowen said.
The T28s were manufactured by the North American Aviation Corporation and about 300 remain in existence.
“They are 1950s vintage and they were used primarily by the Navy as trainers,” said airport board member Dale Stevenson, who also is a member of the Trojan Phlyers. “They were also used by the Laotian Air Force as fighter airplanes. As a matter of fact, one of the planes we have has patches over its bullet holes. (The T28s) have quite a history.”
Stevenson said the T28s’ big, radial engines can generate 1,425 horsepower.
“They’re big airplanes,” said Stevenson, who flies aerobatics himself, although not in formation.
“It’s a pretty skillful deal,” he said of the three formation pilots. “These gentlemen have thousands of hours and are very adept at their performances.”
Stevenson and the Trojan Phlyers are excited about their move from Fort Worth to Mid-Way Regional Airport and they’re also inviting people to attend the event and see their planes and new hangar.
“All of us are retired military,” he said. “We want to get our name in front of the public and help the airport get its name out there.”
For more information on the Trojan Phlyers, visit online at www.trojanphlyers.com.
For more information on the fly-in, contact Bowen at (972) 923-0080.