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New Garden Festival of Flight and Car Show takes off Aug. 19 and 20

08/15/2017 01:15PM ● By Richard Gaw
By Richard L. Gaw
Staff Writer

This weekend, the New Garden Flying Field will delight the senses as visitors admire flying machines and parachuters in the air, camp beneath the stars, run past vintage aircraft, and feel the full-throttle energy of high-performance and vintage automobiles.
On nearly every available surface of the airport, the 46th annual New Garden Festival of Flight and Car Show will be a full menu of activities for the curious, the nostalgic and the adventurous.
Visitors can see a fleet of antique cars and classic aircraft, including a Huey helicopter used to transport top federal officials, a Corsair Navy fighter plane, the Spirit of Freedom C54 aircraft, the B-25 from the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum, and a Pitts biplane.
The show will feature two demonstrations by Skydive Cross Keys, a Williamstown, N.J., skydiving school; an aerobatic demonstration by driver Dan Marcotte; a performance by the Fighter Factory of Virginia Beach; a search-and-rescue demonstration by the U.S. Coast Guard with its MH-65 Dolphin Rescue helicopter; return performances by pilots Jason Flood, Kevin Russo, Paul Dougherty and Scott Francis; and monster truck rides.
For the second year, the show will sponsor the Festival of Flight Run the Runway 5K race, Kiddie Run and one-mile Family Walk on Aug. 20, beginning at 8 a.m. Participants will navigate a course around World War II aircraft, high-performance aerobatic planes, and antique and classic cars. Top male and female overall finishers will receive cash prizes, and entrance into the race includes a pancake breakfast after the race, a ticket to the air show and participation T-shirts. The proceeds from the race will benefit youth recreation programs in New Garden Township and Kennett Square.
As part of the annual event, EAA Chapter 240 and the Future Aviators will host a Youth Aviation Jamboree for youngsters ages 8 to 17. Each "boarding pass" will include a weekend pass to the air and car show, a free flight, a barbecue dinner and pancake breakfast, an outdoor movie, participation in a bonfire and a nighttime balloon glow, and the opportunity to camp with their parents on the grounds of the airport.
EAA Chapter 240 will also sponsor its pancake breakfast before the show on Saturday and Sunday for $7 per person.
In addition, Bill Fili, a World War II pilot, author and speaker, will be on hand for book signings beginning at 11 a.m. on both days.
To register for the 5K Run the Runway and for advance tickets to the 46th annual New Garden Festival of Flight and Car Show, visit, or call 610-268-2619. To get your son or daughter's "boarding pass" to the Youth Aviation Jamboree, visit The New Garden Flying Field is at 1235 Newark Road in Toughkenamon.

To contact Staff Writer Richard L. Gaw, email [email protected]