John Denny from south of Seattle, left, chats with Patrick Nolan of the Sequim area about a 1942 PT-17 Stearman restored as a World War II trainer plane owned by the Port Townsend Aero Museum. Sequim Gazette photo by Erin Hawkins

Air Affaire a flying success

Sequim’s annual homage to the skies once again took flight this weekend.

Organizers of the fifth Olympic Peninsula Air Affaire and Sequim Valley Fly-In said at least 3,000 people attended the event on Aug. 26-27, held at the Sequim Valley Airport.

“We were pleased,” co-organizer Emily Westcott said. “You couldn’t beat the weather.”

Westcott estimated the event hosted about 75 planes on Saturday, including antique planes from the Port Townsend Aero Museum and six planes from the Blackjack Squadron of Arlington.

Other features included remote control plane demonstrations, a “Wings and Wheels” car show, food, music, hot air balloon rides, helicopter rides and more.

Westcott said for the sixth Air Affaire Fly-In, they want to add parachute jumpers while bringing back the Ageless Aviation program, more antique planes and more helicopter rides.

For more information on the Olympic Peninsula Air Affaire and Sequim Valley Fly-In, visit http://olympicpeninsulaairaffaire.com.

Sequim residents John King, Patti King and their grandson Jack Nunn sit on the grass of Sequim Valley Airport to check out the planes at the Olympic Peninsula Air Affaire.

Sequim Experimental Aircraft Association member Harry Cook, left, chats with airplane owner Brad Sharp.

A variety of automobile classics were lined up for the car show at Sequim Valley Airport as part of the Olympic Peninsula Air Affaire. Sequim Gazette photo by Erin Hawkins

This 1950s Mercury two-door hard top owned by Sequim resident Craig Paulson was on display at the car show.

Richard Grennan and Mike Stegriy of Sequim talk with Jacob Kirschbaum, a volunteer with the Port Townsend Aero Museum, about the 1942 PT-17 Stearman restored as a World War II trainer plane on display at the Olympic Peninsula Air Affaire. Sequim Gazette photos by Erin Hawkins

Sharon Young of Port Townsend polishes her 1928 Model A Ford street rod on display at the car show at the Olympic Peninsula Air Affaire.

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