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June 30, 2014

A day at the airport

London-Corbin airport open house a success

CORBIN — By Kristina Smith / Staff Writer

Despite lingering rain showers, the London-Corbin Airport open house raised around $500 for local charities Saturday.

The event was scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. but airport Manager Larry Corum said activities continued to run until 5:30 p.m. due to a high level of interest.

“Turn out for the open house was pretty good. I would say we had around 5,000 people throughout the course of the day,” Corum said.

Families rode a trolley or grabbed a hayride to get into the airport. Once there, spectators had an up-close look at the airplanes and helicopters that they would typically only get to see flying overhead. Even members from the Army National Guard showed up with two different helicopters flown during their line of work.

“The kids loved getting to sit in and look around those helicopters,” Corum said.

Aircraft pilots were on hand to speak with interested individuals about plane and helicopter specifics. Kolb Aircraft Company, which manufactures ultra light air crafts, had representatives present to talk with people about the manufacturing process for some of the planes that were available for viewing during Saturday’s event. The London City Fire Department was also at the open house with the department’s fire truck bucket lift, which lifted adventuresome  visitors  114 feet into the air.

But at times it appeared the open house was going to be a washout. Rain and dark clouds threatened to bring the event to a halt on more than one occasion.

“We had one little rain shower,” Corum said. “A couple times there were some dark clouds that looked like they were headed our way, but they went to the north of us instead. God let us continue on.”

Corum said the community response for the open house was great. Around 75 cars rolled into the airport for a car show. The airport gave around 100 airplane rides and 75 helicopter rides to participants, according to Corum.

“There was a World War II vet that wanted to go for a flight; he was around 92-years-old. The people he was with later told me that he was just tickled to death to go on that flight,” Corum said.

From kids and seniors alike, Corum said he heard nothing but good things about the flights — even from those who were taking their first airplane ride.

Those flights allowed the airport to raise the $500 that they will donate to ComeUnity Cooperative Care and United Way.

“The airport did not collect any money from the open house. Money spent came out of our own pocket,” Corum said.

However, Corum did say there was outstanding support from various organizations for the open house.

“I really just want to offer my thanks to everybody who helped us out,” Corum said.

Corum hopes to have the open house again next year if the money is available.

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