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Pine Hill continues fly-in tradition at Barre

Posted 3 June 2018 at 3:29 pm

Photos by Ginny Kropf

BARRE – Skydiver Troy Fallon of Buffalo is silhouetted over the trees as he comes in for a landing Sunday at Pine Hill Airport today. Fallon has made 350 jumps.

Hundreds of people attended Pine Hill Airport ’s fly-in breakfast this morning. The semi-annual event started in 1979.

Karl and Susan Driesel, members of Barre Volunteer Fire Department, brought one of the department’s fire trucks to Pine Hill Airport ’s fly-in breakfast this morning.

Wendy Sanders of Barre, right, shows her grandchildren Michael McElwain, 6, and Paysen Sanders, 3, the Stearman biplane based at Pine Hill Airport. The plane is available for rides.

Alice Mathes, a member of the West Barre Methodist Church , sells baked good s at the fly-in breakfast. The church has had a baked goods booth at the annual fly-in breakfast every year for as long as Mathes can remember.

Ace Caldwell of Albion serves eggs to Dick Williams of Royalton at the fly-in breakfast. Caldwell has been cooking eggs for the airport’s fly-in breakfasts every June and September for nearly 40 years. He also cooks eggs every Sunday morning in the hangar for anyone who shows up. He figures he has cooked more than two million.

Pete Nesbitt, left, one of the original owners of Pine Hill Airport, cooks pancakes while new owner Tim Allen of Alden looks on.

John Keding of Albion cooks sausage at the fly-in breakfast.

Shelby Gray of Derby, a member of the Western New York Skydiving Club at Pine Hill Airport, volunteered for the dunk tank. The dunk tank was one of several new attractions at the airport designed to get kids interested in aviation.

Chance Wright of Rochester lands safely after a jump Sunday at Pine Hill Airport, during the fly-in breakfast. Wright, a member of the Western New York Skydiving Club, has 185 jumps to his credit.

Skydivers Chance Wright, left, and Troy Fallon give a high-five after their successful jump during the fly-in breakfast Sunday at Pine Hill Airport.

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