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Aeroplanes, Trains, and Automobiles

Aug 12, 2019 05:06PM ● By Ed Helmick

The Airplanes, Trains, and Automobiles event at the Spanish Fork Airport only happens every two years, and this is the year for it, on Saturday, Aug. 24.

This will be a busy one-day multi-event spectacle of vehicular motion that you can really make a commotion about. During the approximately seven hours that the various events are scheduled you will see powered parachutes, helicopters, an incredible display of radio control airplanes, Skydivers, two outstanding aerobatic pilots, the amazing Flying Cowboys, and a graceful and poetic glider demonstration. On the ground, you will see aggressive “street racing” among the hangars for a cash prize, exotic sports cars showing off their muscle on the airport runway, a car show with the best cars vintage and unusual automobiles in Utah on display.

It is rare that the Spanish Fork Airport gets an FAA waiver to make possible an air show for the people of Utah County. Airport Manager has spent months to get the required approvals, and it is an exciting opportunity to see some precision flying in attitudes that you don’t usually see airplanes flying. One of the airshow pilots, Barry Hancock, has had a busy summer flying his T-6 or the Commemorative Air Force P-51 Mustang at events all over the country. Barry’s bright yellow T-6 with the awesome sound of a 600 horse power radial engine is fun to watch and hear. The T-6 trained so many pilots for the Army Air Corp and the Navy during World War II that it was known as “The Pilot Maker.”

Following Barry’s air show performance, two local veterans will be taken up on flights to honor them and their service to our country. Danny Sorenson, a well known aerobatic pilot from Bountiful, will be displaying his skill over the airfield. If he doesn’t get his super performance biplane finished in time for our event, he will be flying a Super Decathlon that will hold your attention.

The Flying Cowboys are a new air show routine showing off the short field landing and take-off capability of three unique airplanes flown by Jason Sneed, Mike and Mark Patey. This will be action that will be right in front of you. Mark Patey has a highly modified turbine-powered short take-off and landing airplane he has named Draco. You must see the performance of this airplane to believe it.

At about 11:35 AM If you are on the airport property, you will hear the roar of the engines and the squealing of tires as the slide through tight turns “Street Racing” around several of the hangars. Bleachers will be set up for your viewing of this event. The automobile racing enthusiasts are super excited about the opportunity to race. Another group that is excited about August 24th at the Spanish Fork Airport are the folks with high powered sports cars that will easily do twice the Interstate Highway speed limit. Scheduled for 1 p.m. will be the “Exotic Car Runway Attack.”

What an exciting day and it is not very expensive as these sorts of event go. Adult tickets are $6 and kids 12 and under are $4 at the gate. You can order online and save a dollar per ticket at The airport gates open to the public at 9 a.m. and the event closes at 4 p.m. (Helmick is a Serve Daily contributor.)