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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.