A real working World War Two ARMY Field Kitchen and a the U.S. Military's proven transport helicopter will be the featured attractions at the 14th Annual Little Egypt Fly-In and Veterans Reunion on Saturday, October 16th at Mt. Vernon Outland Airport. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Steeleville resident Byron Vinyard will set up his authentic WWII Field Kitchen just off the flightline. Ham and Beans and cornbread, prepared on vintage equipment, will be served free to all Veterans and their spouses. Vinyard, along with his sons, has spent the last eight years honoring Veterans by providing free meals as well as educating the general public about the logistics involved with feeding our soldiers, displaced European citizens, and captured German Soldiers. The general public is invited to sample the Field Kitchen offerings for a $3 donation.
From Vietnam to Afghanistan, the Boeing CH-47 "Chinook" has been the U.S. Military's choice medium/heavy lift battlefield helicopter. The twin rotor "Chinook" transports heavy guns, light vehicles, other helicopters, or a large number of troops. The Chinook has a large rear loading ramp allowing nearly 14,000 lbs of interior cargo. Externally, the Chinook can successfully lift and transport nearly 23,000 lbs suspended by three hooks.
Warbirds expected to make an appearance on Saturday include the P-51 "Mustang", Douglas C-47 "Sky Train/Gooney Bird", C-2 "COD", T-6 "Texans", and Yak-52/CJ-5s. Members of Fox Company 634th BSB of The Illinois National Guard will be showing various examples of modern equipment.
Along with a wide variety of memorabilia and speakers, the Veterans Reunion will be highlighting the "Hall of Honor" inside the Koziara Terminal at the airport. The effort was initiated at the 2009 event and has since grown to include approximately 200 framed tributes of local Veterans. Veterans wishing to be included in the "Hall of Honor" are asked to bring photos (preferably in uniform), a copy of their DD214, and any other memorabilia that they wish to have included on their tribute.
EAA Chapter 1155 will again be flying Young Eagles this year so that children from the ages of 8-17 can experience the thrill of flight for the first time. To date, 2,900 children have been introduced to aviation through the Young Eagle program. Those children participating must have the signature of a parent or guardian on the day of the flight.
Good food and free parking will be available. In addition, helicopter rides will be offered for approximately $45. Rides in a 1941 open cockpit Waco Bi-Plane will also be available for approximately $60. The event also features Antique Military Equipment and Allied and Axis Re-enactment Displays.
For more EAA Fly-In and Veterans Reunion information, call (618) 242-7016, or visit www.mtvernonairport.com