Those flights included actual mail runs in which visitors created mail at the Pioneer Mail Station located in the Pitcairn Hangar, bagged and handed off to the airplane pilot who sped away to the appointed rounds.
Visitors could also compose and send telegrams from Pioneer’s new communications exhibit; view hand-propping demonstrations; a reenactment of the 1927 Spirit of St. Louis departure for Paris; and a special vintage aircraft air show.
Several vintage airplanes flew in for the event Saturday despite the hazy skies, including a Waco biplane flown by Larry Boehme of Madison, Wisconsin; Bob and Judy Gillette’s Luscombe 8A; Harold Burton and his wife in their PA-12, who flew in from Rice Lake; and Phil Deruiter in his Fairchild 24R, who flew in from Michigan around the lake.
A children’s activity center in the Wittman Hangar gave the kids something to do while moms and dads enjoyed the classic aircraft and programs. The center featured potato sack races, “good ol’ games” like chess, checkers and other board games; as well as marbles; croquet, and a kids’ history contest.