ABERDEEN, S.D. - Twenty meticulously restored vintage aircraft from the 1920s and 1930s will journey through the northern Great Plains states on a seven-city tour from June 17th through July 5th, 2010, stopping in Aberdeen June 24 -26.
The American Barnstormers were founded by acting Director of Operations, Clay Adams and Public Relations and Group Coordinator Sarah "Pancho" Wilson. According to Wilson, "the idea for the American Barnstormers Tours was born under the wing of a 1929 Travel Air at Antique Airfield in the company of friends and fellow pilots. Surrounded by so much history, we wanted a way to share the stories of these planes and to help preserve the legacy of the dashing men and women of the era dubbed ‘Barnstormers’".
The period between the end of World War I and the United States' entry into World War II is known as "The Golden Age of Aviation." Barnstorming tours, major trophy races, and record-breaking flights all captured the public's attention as they raced to see the daring flocks of birdmen and take their first flight in an open cockpit airplane.
The American Barnstormers participate in recreating the era with period costumes, aircraft signage, historical information, and vintage props. "The tour highlights the importance of our aviation history," said Nancy Krumm, Aberdeen Convention & Visitors Bureau Executive Director. "We look forward to welcoming these daring pilots and their historical aircraft and seeing the acts perform as they did back in time."
As part of the celebration, individuals will be able to experience the thrill of open cockpit flight and go barnstorming. One to four passenger rides will be available, weather permitting. According to Wilson, "You can arrange to have your own private Flying Circus. Come experience the thrill and romance of open cockpit flight by barnstorming in a beautifully restored Travel Air, New Standard, or Stearman vintage biplane. We operate the best and most beautiful biplanes in the country, and our pilots are full-time professional commercial operators with thousands of passengers flown safely each year. We would love everyone in the Aberdeen area to come out and share in this great free community event. You can walk right up to the planes, meet the pilots, and join in the celebration!"
To learn more about the American Barnstormers tour, contact the Aberdeen Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800.645.3851 or visit the website at www.visitaberdeensd.com.