Vintage aircraft and the most modern of helicopters used by Osage Sky News Six and Air Evac emergency service will be landing on the grass strip adjacent to the house where Will Rogers was born Saturday, Aug. 13.
The event of more than three decades marks the 87th anniversary of his death in an Alaska plane crash with pilot Wiley Post.
Gates open by 7:30 a.m. for the annual event and planes start landing early and usually depart by early afternoon if the heat continues.
An annual event of more than three decades, World War I fighters, experimentals and bi-planes — and models created by Will Rogers Jr. High STEM students of Michelle Rahn and Turf Flyers of Tulsa will be on hand for visitors to see and creators.
Admission is free to the Fly-In sponsored by Cherokee Nation. Ample parking is provided.
Spectators can bring their own lawn chairs to watch landings and departures and stroll among planes for a close-up look and meet pilots, many regulars many years of the Fly-In.
Food concessions, vendors, classic cars, inflatables, Kids Zone activities and Rogers County Cherokee Association creating corn husk dolls and clay pots will be spread throughout the area surrounding the house, also open to visitors.
Will Rogers (Lester Lurk) and Wiley Post (Pilot Tom Egbert) will arrive about 9 a.m. A special time of remembrance will be observed at 10, honoring small plane pilots who have died in air crashes since the 2021 Fly-In.
On the ground awaiting them will be several generations of Will Rogers’ family, led by his great-granddaughter, Jennifer Rogers Etcheverry, accompanied by her children and grandchildren from California.