Claremore Daily Progress

August 15, 2013

Annual Fly-In remembers Will & Wiley

Staff Reports
Claremore Progress

OOLOGAH —

On Sunday, it will be 78 years since Will Rogers and Wiley Post perished in an Alaska plane crash.
The grounds of the Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch in  Oologah will  be teeming with activities for everyone, highlighed by an opportunity to get a close-up and personal look at airplanes.
Event hours are 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
Parking is begin provided this year on part of the Birthplace Ranch near the entry. 
Vintage airplanes, World War II planes, experimental aircraft, helicopters, all types of aircraft, will be landing on the 2,000-foot grass strip, adjacent to the birthplace home. 
Ross Adkins and Tony Isler will announce planes and introduce pilots as they taxi down the strip.
The day is an opportunity for pilots to renew friendships, fellowship with other aviation admirers, and pay tribute to the man who had a major role in introducing aviation to the world in his writings and public appearances.
Will and Wiley are planning to make a comeback. Joe Bacon, Pryor pilot and Will Rogers Roper (docent), and Lester Lurk, St. Genevieve, Mo., who bears a resemblance to Will, will land about 10 a.m.
Bring a lawn chair and sit in the shade to watch planes come and go and visit the room where Will was born; or listen and interact with the wonderful stories shared by Cherokee storyteller Robert Lewis.  A favorite of the children is return of the inflatable playground.
Antique and classic cars will be lined up on the grounds. 
Visitors will have an opportunity to vote for “Peoples Choice” plane and car. Food concessions and a Will Rogers Memorial Museum gift store will be available.