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Bartlesville's Bi-Plane Expo is this weekend

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They are flying into Bartlesville from all over. Aviation enthusiasts in general and bi-plane fans in particular. Flying in for the Bi-Plane Expo.

News on 6 reporter Rick Wells drove to Bartlesville Thursday to see if he could hop a ride in a bi-plane.

They call it a fly-in for obvious reasons, planes are flying in from all over the country, by the time Friday evening rolls around there will be 150 or so bi-planes lined up along the runway. Thursday, there were some early birds. Robin Williams is from Traverse City, Michigan. This is his 13th year at this event and he loves coming here. "You've got some wonderful people associated with this group."

Williams and his flying buddy Debbi Courtney are cleaning it up after the 8 hour trip; she says they love flying these open cockpit bi-planes. "This is what aviation is all about." There's a certain magic she says about being exposed to the elements and just flying.

Janet Yoder from Wichita was happy to take me up in her Steerman so I could experience it too. The one we flew in was built in 1939. These were the flight trainers for pilots in World War II.

We taxied out to the grass strip and took off for a quick turn around the airport. We flew at about 2,000 feet at a speed of about 90 miles per hour. It's wonderful easy to understand why they love it so much. We bumped a little on the landing that just added to the fun.

The 19th Bi-Plane Expo runs through Saturday at the Bartlesville Municipal Airport.
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