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Slideshow: Celebration of Flight at Lancaster Airport

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A line forms to tour a CH-53E Super Stallion, the Marine Corps' primary heavy lift helicopter, during Lancaster Airport's Community Days airfield open house.
A line forms to tour a CH-53E Super Stallion, the Marine Corps' primary heavy lift helicopter, during Lancaster Airport's Community Days airfield open house. - (Photo / )
A line forms to tour a CH-53E Super Stallion, the Marine Corps' primary heavy lift helicopter, during Lancaster Airport's Community Days airfield open house. - (Photo / Amy Spangler) The two-day event attracted more than 18,000 attendees. The event featured aerial performances, aircraft and military displays, airplane and helicopter rides, and interactive activities . - (Photo / Amy Spangler) The Manheim Township airport, which is the state's fourth busiest airfield, has hosted the Community Days event since 1996. - (Photo / Amy Spangler) Two airmen, from McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey, take their youngsters for an stroll through the show. The men are part of a team, which manned a military aircraft ground display. - (Photo / Amy Spangler) This C-47 was one of the seven aircraft available for rides throughout the weekend. The C-47 military transport, also known as a Skytrain or Dakota, was used extensively by the Allied forces during World War II, playing a key role in many major campaigns, including D-Day. - (Photo / Amy Spangler) After World War II, thousands of C-47s were converted for civil air use, some remaining in operation into 2010. - (Photo / Amy Spangler) The C-47, active in World War II's European and Pacific battle theaters, has a 28-troop capacity. - (Photo / Amy Spangler) Vince Valenzo, left, and Julz Espensen are members of the Allied Airmen's Preservation Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the history of the U.S. Army Air Corps, the United States' military aviation arm, active between 1926 and 1947. - (Photo / Amy Spangler) Gooney Bird is another nickname for the C-47. - (Photo / Amy Spangler) Chris Gabers, from Elmira, New York, works with the Allied Airmen's Preservation Society - Mid-Atlantic Division. Organization members portray Army Air Corps and share its history. - (Photo / Amy Spangler) The show's seven aircraft rides ranged from a $40 helicopter trip to a $195, 30-minute ride in a Boeing-Stearman biplane. - (Photo / Amy Spangler) The Lancaster Airport is the home to 80 corporate and private aircraft, 23 businesses and 6 flight schools. - (Photo / Amy Spangler) Kim Huber is Lancaster Airport's marketing and event coordinator. The two-day event is powered by airport staff and volunteers. - (Photo / Amy Spangler) A VIP canteen served free meals to performers, volunteers and invited guests throughout the weekend, - (Photo / Amy Spangler) Elizabethtown residents Steve Bowers, left, and Dick Brinkman, members of the Marine Corps League, Detachment #294 Lancaster eat breakfast at the VIP canteen. Early morning menu items included chicken and waffles, brie and veggie strata, Mexican casserole, yogurt parfaits, baked oatmeal, assorted breakfast sandwiches and fresh fruit. - (Photo / Amy Spangler) Volunteers staffs the VIP Canteen kitchen. Lunch and dinner menu items included BBQ ribs, shrimp cakes, Chinese 5-spice pork, mock lobster rolls, crispy salmon, shrimp and grits, sausage with peppers and onions and a variety of sides and salads. Dessert selections included Shoofly pie. - (Photo / Amy Spangler) Lancaster County-based Turkey Hill Dairy gave away 10,000 3.6 ounce cups of mango and vanilla ice cream during the two-day event. - (Photo / Amy Spangler) Lititz brothers take a Turkey Hill ice cream break during the airfield open house. - (Photo / Amy Spangler) A youngster poses in a recreational vehicle at the Worley and Obetz exhibit. The Penn Township-based Lancaster County-energy provider's promotional vehicle is powered by E-85, an ethanol-based fuel blend. - (Photo / Amy Spangler) Joseph Accetta, right, assists a six-year-old, from Franklin County, as she tries on military parachuting gear. Accetta is a member of Liberty Jump Team, which performed exhibition parachute jumps during the event. - (Photo / Amy Spangler) Norman Stiver, left, of Lancaster, receives input from Josie Risser, as he tries his hand at one of the three flight simulators set up by the Civil Air Patrol. Stiver was a crew chief on a C-45 and C-47 during World War II. - (Photo / Amy Spangler) Military re-enactor Laura Shaw, from Maryland, has a passion for living history. Shaw feels that preserving history is a way to honor her father’s World War II service in the 101st Airborne. - (Photo / Amy Spangler) Berks County pilot Charles Beem displays an Evektor light sport airplane. Beem is one of four owners of the aircraft, which is based at the Lancaster Airport. - (Photo / Amy Spangler) There is no admission fee. Parking is $5. The Civil Air Patrol and local Fire Police volunteers provide parking management. Lancaster Airport donates $5000 to each of these organizations. Parking proceeds also fund the VIP canteen's creative, free meals served to volunteers, performers and invited guests through-out the two-day event. - (Photo / Amy Spangler)


Lancaster Airport, the state's fourth busiest airfield, welcomed more than 18,000 people to its biennial Community Days event on Aug.26 and 27. The event featured aerial performances, up-close looks at a variety of aircraft, military displays, airplane and helicopters rides, and more.

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