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History flying into Bulloch
Weekend airshow to feature historic planes
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Statesboro-Bulloch County Regional Airport manager Jeff Herrington peeks under the hood of a Navion airplane owned by James Harrington. - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/staff
    Lovers of old planes should be excited to hear that more than 20 Korean-war era planes will descend upon Statesboro-Bulloch Regional Airport over the weekend.
    This Saturday and Sunday, the Southern Navion Air Group will host a Memorial Day Fly-in for its members. SNAG members fly Navion aircraft, four-seat planes introduced by North American Aviation in the late 1940s.
    “These are some beautiful aircraft. A lot of them are painted with military-type logos and I think a lot of people will want to come out and see them,” said Russell Herrington, a member of SNAG. “We don’t sell rides, but we’ve been known to take people for rides occasionally.”
    Herrington said some of the planes were actually flown during the Korean War.
    In addition to socializing with their membership, SNAG members plan to participate in a number of flying events. They’ll attempt to pop helium balloons with their propellers, drop bean bags at targets on the ground, attempt spot landings and compete in a short take-off contest.
    These informal competitions will begin around 10 a.m. Saturday and continue into the afternoon after a break for lunch. The public is invited to watch the contests, but are encouraged to bring something to sit on as well as something to eat, since lunch will not be provided.
    Airport officials ask that no glass be brought onto the airport grounds.
    For more information about the weekend, go to SNAG’s Web site www.goflyyournavion.com.
    Phil Boyum may be reached at (912) 489-9454.

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