Grider Field hosts EAA fly-in

The Experimental Aircraft Association Razorback Wing’s annual Wings and Wheels Fly-in on Saturday at Pine Bluff’s Grider Field Municipal Airport is expected to draw aviation and automobile fans from across the state.

The event is scheduled for 8 a.m.-3 p.m. with free admission and parking, Airport Manager Doug Hale. said

EAA spokesman Bruce Rodgers said the fly-in will feature a $7 breakfast and $5 lunch in the organization’s hangar at the north end of the runway. The breakfast menu will include eggs made-to-order, ham-and-cheese omelets, sausage, gravy and biscuits. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be served for lunch.

Proceeds from the meals will benefit the Razorback Wing.

Rodgers said a trio of World War II training planes will be on display at the hangar. Between 30 and 70 antique and experimental planes will be flying above the field at times and also on display while parked outside the terminal.

The car show will feature antique, foreign and rare automobiles.

“We’re always pleased to host the Wings and Wheels Fly-in,” Hale said. “It typically attracts several hundred people and gives us a chance to show off all the improvements that have been made or are being made at the airport. You can tell that the people who attend the fly-in have a great time, whether they’re kids or senior citizens. It’s a lot of fun for everyone and gives people an opportunity to see some planes and automobiles they may not have seen before.”