Despite wild weather around Puget Sound and the North Olympic Peninsula, organizers of the third annual Olympic Peninsula Air Affaire pressed on Aug. 29-30 at the Sequim Valley Airport.
Co-organizer Emily Westcott said there were some hiccups such as wind blowing over some tents during a short stretch on Saturday, balloon rides being canceled on Saturday morning and the balloon Night Glow that evening but most of Saturday and Sunday made up for it.
“It could be a testimonial for the chamber of commerce because everywhere but here it was blowing like crazy,” said Andy Sallee, president of the Sequim Valley Airport.
“We truly live in the blue hole,” Westcott said. “We were the only place in Western Washington with an outside event still going on (Saturday).”
R/C planes from across the peninsula and the West Coast Spin Doctors wing walkers flew both days while the Swift formation planes rescheduled for Sunday.
The Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation returned for its second year to fly 19 veterans, including a 97-year-old participant. Event coordinator Diane Winterboer said they flew veterans from every branch of the military including the Army Air Corps WASP.
Also, four hot air balloons made it to the air including Captain Crystal Stout and her Morning Star Balloon Co.
The U.S. Coast Guard’s helicopter made its first appearance on Sunday performing two touch-and-go’s on the runway before going back to its regular duties.
Johnny Johnson of Diamond Point provided rides in his North American T-6 Texan single engine advanced trainer aircraft on Sunday, too.
Westcott said attendance was down on Saturday due to the weather but steady on Sunday and they plan to return for a fourth year.