• Joshua Morrison/News World War II veteran Leland Mills took a flight around Mount Vernon with Waco pilot Doug Parsons. Parsons took Mills and family around the city, Apple Valley Lake, Gambier and over the family’s former home.
  • News file photo Restored Waco aircraft will be seen in the skies above Mount Vernon and Knox County as the annual reunion starts at Wynkoop Airport on Thursday. The event runs through Sunday.
  • Joshua Morrison/News With the remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy bearing down on Mount Vernon, the WACO biplanes were buttoned up and protected from the heavy rains on Friday. The reunion and fly-in continues with better weather this weekend.
  • Joshua Morrison/News Barbara and Bob Perkins, from North Carolina, are in Mount Vernon with the Waco reunion fly-in this weekend at Wynkoop Airport. The Perkins have been traveling to the reunion for six years.
  • Joshua Morrison/News This weekend is the annual WACO reunion at Wynkoop Airport, 9051 Granville Road. Dan Wilkins, from Portland, Pennsylvania, works on his 1941 WACO UPF-7 biplane Wednesday afternoon. Wilkins, a retired school teacher, learned to fly when he was 16 and this is his third year at the reunion. The fly-in takes place today through Sunday.
  • Joshua Morrison/News This weekend is the annual WACO reunion at Wynkoop Airport, 9051 Granville Road. Dan Wilkins, from Portland, Pennsylvania, works on his 1941 WACO UPF-7 biplane Wednesday afternoon. Wilkins, a retired school teacher, learned to fly when he was 16 and this is his third year at the reunion. The fly-in takes place today through Sunday.
  • Joshua Morrison/News Kathy Cretella, left, of the Mount Vernon Post Office hands over a mail bag to Waco pilot Steve Zoerlein of St. Charles, Illinois, Thursday morning. The reenactment is in celebration of 100 years of airmail of which Waco planes served an important role.

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MOUNT VERNON — The National Waco Club will reach a major milestone in 2019, celebrating its 60th reunion from June 25-30 at the Wynkoop Airport.

The NWC officially began in 1958, making it the oldest airplane-centered club in the country — a hat that the club wears proudly, said Doug Parsons, chair of the NWC reunion and long-time member. It was in 1959 that members held the first reunion at the new South Dayton Airport. For the next several years, the reunion happened at various other locations, eventually “landing” in Wynkoop Airport in 1989.

So, not only will 2019 be the 60th anniversary of the NWC fly-in, it will be the 30th year they have held the event at Wynkoop — the longest amount of time they have been in the same place for the reunions.

David Lahrman, a NWC member, is helping plan next year’s reunion. He told the News that, while planning is still in its early stages because they just completed this year’s reunion last month, they are extending the number of days in 2019.

The reunion will be held from Tuesday, June 25, to Sunday, June 30. Doug Parsons, chairman of the NWC Reunion, added that, while the reunion is dated for the 30th, most of the planes are gone early in the morning because many of the pilots have long flights to get back home, oftentimes several states away.

Lahrman said that they plan to visit the National Waco museum in Troy as well. Troy, Ohio is the birthplace of the Waco, and where some of the first reunions took place.

 

Chelsea Olms: 740-397-5333 or chelsea@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews

 

 

 

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