Imagine a 4,000-foot runway, long enough to accommodate a commercial jet.
Now imagine that runway made entirely of grass – a smooth stretch of green covering nearly a mile of flat landscape.
Add forty-some vintage airplanes from World War II or earlier to that image.
Populate the scene with pilots showing off their aircraft to kids and adults, answering questions and exchanging stories. Watch some of those kids and adults climb into an open-cockpit bi-plane for a ride, while others on the ground cheer takeoffs and landings. Smell a whole variety of yummy treats.
Now add yourself to the picture.
Many of the nation's top pilots, including those who are featured in aviation films led by Andrew King, will arrive throughout the day and will continue flying as daylight allows. Many of the pilots are en route to the major vintage air show in Oshkosh, WI later that week, which is why the event must be held on a Tuesday.
The 12th Annual Hagerstown Wilbur Wright Fly In will return to the Hagerstown Airport from 2 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 16.