Midwest Tour Of 17 Vintage Aircraft Kicks Off This Week
On a mission to relive the golden
age of flight, the American Barnstormers Tour kicks off this week
in Ames, IA and continues through the end of June. Recreating the
excitement of an era when eager pilots after WWI crisscrossed the
nation in search of fame and glory by blowing into small
communities to spread the thrill of flight to their citizens, the
modern American Barnstormers tour hopes to do the same.
"Airplanes were new, and people were fascinated with them," said
tour organizer Clay "Pork Chop" Adams. "It became a way for a lot
of these people to make a living."
Flying many of the same aircraft that took center stage in the
1920’s, the tour aimed to visit nine cities over 15 days this
summer. Unfortunately, the first visit on the schedule -- Iowa
City, IA -- had to be scrubbed due to the flooding in the area.
Instead the tour will begin on June 15 for an extended visit in
The tour certainly will give visitors the opportunity to see the
aircraft up close on the ground, but additionally each location
will afford those same visitors to see the vintage flyers in their
natural environment: the sky! Each afternoon the aircraft will take
to the skies for the ‘Barnstormers Parade of Flight’
with master of ceremonies, the legendary ‘Mr. Travel
Air,’ Frank Rezich. Frank will entertain the crowd with his
unique announcing style, telling tall tales of barnstorming
enlightening everyone on the history of each biplane as the pilots
For the true barnstorming experience, spectators can even enjoy
the thrill of open cockpit flight for themselves aboard a
beautifully restored Travel Air or New Standard vintage biplane.
Biplane rides will be for sale daily weather permitting.
"These aren’t airplanes, they’re Time Machines,"
said Adams. "Our tour gives people from all over the country the
chance to travel back in time and experience the same sights,
sounds, and excitement they would have felt some 80 years ago as
they looked out across the fields and saw the Barnstormers on the
The schedule for the American
Barnstormers Tour for June is as follows:
June 15-18 Ames, IA (AMW)
June 19-20 Council Bluffs, IA (CBF)
June 21-22 Hastings, NE (HSI)
June 23-24 Great Bend, KE (GBD)
June 25-26 Wichita, KS (AAO)
June 27 Emporia, KS (EMP) morning only-refueling
June 27-28 Lee’s Summit, MO (LXT)
June 29-30 Jefferson City, MO (JEF)
Tour aircraft will be on display from approximately 11:00 am to
6:00 pm at each location, weather permitting. Biplane rides are
available for $50.00 per passenger.