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The 2014 High Desert Fly-In will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 26, at the Winslow-Lindbergh Regional Airport, 701 Airport Road. Admission is free, and residents, tourists and pilots are invited to Winslow’s historic airport to enjoy airplanes, history, food and more.

The Winslow Rotary Club will host a pancake breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. for $5 per person. Food will be available throughout the day on site, and High Desert Fly-In polo shirts will also be on sale. Attendees will be allowed on the tarmac to view the visiting aircraft, which will include general aviation planes and medical transport vehicles. The Just Cruis’n Car Club will also host a “Show-and-Shine” of vintage automobiles, including the 1940 Seagraves fire truck owned by the Winslow Historical Society.

Inside the historic hangar, representatives from Wiseman Aviation, AeroCare, Guardian Air and the U.S. Forest Service will host displays and talk with attendees about their current activities at the airport. The Old Trails Museum will debut its new exhibit about the airport’s past and present, Flying through History: The Winslow-Lindbergh Regional Airport, and the museum’s 2015 historical calendar of the same name will be available for purchase. The Cibola Historical Society from Grants, N.M., will interpret the TAT Mount Taylor air disaster and more.

From 10 to 11 a.m., Fred Gibbs of the Federal Aviation Administration will present a safety seminar on the WINGS Safety Program and current events affecting aviation. Historian Erik Berg will also provide some airport history. The link to register is at www.highdesertflyin.org.

From 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the Old Trails Museum will host its Summer History Highlight when Erik Berg presents Coast to Coast in 48 Hours!: Winslow and America’s First Transcontinental Airline Service. His visual presentation explores the Winslow airport’s pioneering role as one of 12 critical refueling points selected by aviator Charles A. Lindbergh for the TAT’s “Lindbergh Line.”

From 1 to 2 p.m.,author Robert F. Kirk will present Flying the Lindbergh Line: Then and Now. He’ll use both video and images from his book of the same name to simulate a transcontinental TAT trip from New York to Glendale, Calif., in 1929. Both Berg and Kirk will be available to talk with attendees about their research throughout the rest of the day, and Kirk will also sell and sign copies of his book.