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American Barnstormers Tour to soar into Jefferson City

American Barnstormers Tour to soar into Jefferson City

June 30th, 2018 by Nicole Roberts in Local News

Biplanes can be found at the upcoming American Barnstormers Tour event July 5-7. Residents can pay $80 for a 15-minute ride in one.

Flying in an open-cockpit biplane can be an exhilarating experience, one Jefferson City residents could have after the Fourth of July holiday.

Following the Salute to America festivities, the American Barnstormers Tour will provide daily flights and aerial demonstrations July 5-7 at the Jefferson City Memorial Airport. The tour features about 11 Travel Air biplanes ranging from 1927-32, including a 1929 Travel Air E-4000, 1927 Travel Air 4000s, 1932 Travel Air B-14-B airplanes and 1929 Travel Air D-4-D.

Fifteen-minute biplane rides cost $80 per person from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, weather permitting. All rides are first come, first served, and the tour will not accept advance reservations. There are some weight restrictions for the biplanes, American Barnstormers spokeswoman Jill Manka said.

Aerial demonstrations will be at 1 p.m. each day. Static displays will be from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily.

During static spotlights, pilots will highlight a different static display for about 30-45 minutes and host a Q&A session. The static spotlights will be at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. July 5 and at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. July 6-7.

"The goal of the tour is to extend fellowship, to bridge a gap between the modern day and aviation history, to allow folks immersive flight experiences in the biplanes, to draw communities to their local airports, to tell the story of the modern day barnstormers, and to act as ambassadors to the vintage aviation community," Manka said.

Other tour stops include Ames, Iowa; Watertown, South Dakota; Brainerd, Minnesota; Eau Claire, Wisconsin; and EAA Airventure Oshkosh 2018 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

The tour was founded in 2006 and last came to Jefferson City in 2008.

This article was edited July 1, 2018, to update the time of daily aerial demonstrations.