Vintage airplanes flew into Gardner Municipal Airport from as far away as California on June 26 during a On June 26 there was a Vintage Fly-In.
The airport hosted games and divvied awards to pilots that that participated in the festivities. Among the winners were: Grand Champion, Bill Bradford in his 1946 Clipped Wing Luscumbe from Kansas City, Mo.; Best Antique, Commemorative Air Force, 1942 Stearman PT-17 from New Century AirCenter; Best Classic, Dustin and Stephanie Stephanson and their 1954 Cessna 195 from Kingsville, Mo.; Best Contemporary, Tom Seitz in his1994 Waco Classic from Mission, Kan.; Best Vintage Light Sport Aircraft, Eric Jaderborg in a 1946 Aeronca Champ from Cresent City, Calif.; Longest Distance Traveled, Eric Jaderberg, 800 miles from Crescent City, Calif. Pilots from Florida, West Virginia, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska were asked to participate. Estimated Takeoff Contest, Eric Jaderberg, 1946 Aeronca Champ; Spot Landing Contest, Eric Jaderberg, 1946 Aeronca Champ; Bean Bag Drop, Steve Zimmerman, in a 1943 Aeronca L-16; People’s Choice Award, Mark McCasland, a 1931 Waco UBF-1 Biplane; Ladies Choice, Commemorative Air Force, 1942 Stearman PT-17.
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