Doylestown Airport (DYL),
4th Annual Open House.
Sponsored by the Bucks County Airport Authority and the Doylestown Pilot Association, this year’s open house celebrated the 80th anniversary of Doylestown Airport. The weather looked iffy coming into the weekend, but Mother Nature cooperated and provided a beautiful day for the event.
This year’s event included a fly-by and landing by two Stearman’s and an unusual Avions Max Holste MH1521M ‘Le Broussard’ and a formation pass by a pair of Yak 52’s. A number of vintage and contemporary aircraft were on display around the airport for visitors to look at up close. Several pilots from the Doylestown Pilot’s Association were busy providing free 20 minute rides on a first come first served basis most of the day. For the kids, “Plane Talk” sessions were held throughout the afternoon. Refreshments and food were available most of the afternoon.
Members of the Warminster Glenside RC club were on hand to discuss the radio controlled aircraft hobby with interested visitors. The club provided an RC aerobatic demonstration that amazed the crowd and had over a dozen model aircraft on display. Charlie Kellogg brought along a beautiful model of a Grumman TBM Avenger that he built from scratch. His model carries the colors of the aircraft flown from nearby N.A.S. Willow Grove during WWII.
In celebration of the airport’s 80th anniversary, photographs, video and other memorabilia that span the airports 80 year existence were on display. Of note was a video of an air show held at the airport in 1961, courtesy of Rutherford’s Camera in Doylestown. One of the featured performers at the show was none other than Major Gregory “Pappy” Boyington.
The Doylestown Airport Open House is always an enjoyable, family oriented event. Find out more about Doylestown Airport by visiting their website at http://www.doylestownairport.com/. Find out more about the Bucks County Airport Authority by visiting their website at http://www.bcaanet.org/.
Article and Images by Robert S. Cherry
Robert S. Cherry is a Bucks County, PA based freelance photographer specializing in aviation photography and Bucks County stock images. Contact him through his website at www.RobertCherryPhotography.com