Fly Kansas Tour Arrives
September 30, 2016
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  • More than 30 planes arrived at Dodge City Regional Airport on Thursday.

    The commemorative air tour made flights across Kansas with stops in Dodge City, Wellington, Great Bend, Rooks County, Scott City, Colby, Salina, Topeka and Newton. 

    The first plane to arrive in Dodge City occurred at around 3:40 p.m. on with the rest of the planes landing at various times throughout the early evening. 

    “My step-mom told me about it and thought it was a great thing to bring the kids to,” Daniel Pogue from Dodge City said. “My 4-year-old loves planes, trains and basically anything else that moves, he loves it.”

    Pogue along with approximately 50 others observed the planes land along with refreshments from the Dodge City Community College Universal Helicopters program.

    “It is the last stop of the day,” airport manager Corey Keller said. “They’ll be spending the night here in town and will have a tour of the distillery and Boot Hill Museum then they will fly out at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow.”

    According to the Fly Kansas Air Tour, the tour is a revival of a similar event that was conducted in the 1930s and since returned in 2014.

    For this year’s event, the airport stops were for historical significance such as B-29 training in Great Bend and Salina where the Smoky Hill Army Air Field was created.