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Taking it to the limit in Ada

By Susen Foster info@greatersuccess.com

One of the Midwest's most anticipated events, the Ada Air Expo and 6th annual Ray Stout Memorial Warbird Fly-in, is right around the corner--June 19 and 20, in Ada, Okla. Countless volunteers are sharpening their logistic skills as Ada prepares for the mass arrival of aircraft from around the world and spanning the decades.

Thousands of fans will be pulling out their best ooohs and aaahs (the ones usually reserved for fireworks) to show appreciation for the death-defying aerobatic acts and precision air synchronism at the Air Expo.

Those of you with a love for extremes will be glad to know a personal stomach-wrenching opportunity to experience loops and dives in a real aerobatic plane is just a wait in line away.

If you are inclined toward something less terrifying, then a nice calm airplane ride around the area awaits. Weather permitting, tethered hot air balloon rides will be another option on Friday night, June 19.

Watch as the world's original six-aircraft civilian formation aerobatic team, Lima Lima Flight Team, performs dynamic configurations to demonstrate the amazing capability of the T-34. From the six ship wedge and double arrowhead to the basic finger four and diamond formation, Lima Lima pilots show off their breath-taking skills while keeping the team in front of the air show crowd from take-off to landing.

Gates open at 3 p.m. on June 19. There will be a practice air show at 4 p.m., hamburger fry and music beginning at 6 p.m., hot air balloon rides starting at 7 p.m. and the Lima Lima Flight Team will perform a 30-minute night air show at 8:45 p.m.

June 20 gears up at 8:30 a.m. with breakfast for the pilots. All pilots are welcome and encouraged to fly to Ada and enjoy the Air Expo. The three-hour air show starts at 11:55 a.m., and the static displays will go on from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Rumor has it there may even be a car show. You never know what surprises you will find at the Ada Air Expo.

Have I mentioned the food fight? In conjunction with the Expo is the 3rd annual State Championship "Pigs Can Fly" BBQ cook-off, sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society. In addition, the Ada Lions Club is sponsoring Backyard Piggy's BBQ Contest, to allow amateur barbecue chefs a chance to compete for cash and bragging rights. And you can sample it all.

This is a real family event, so come prepared for the heat of late June with sun protection and sunscreen. Take time to visit with the owners and pilots of these marvelous machines, and learn the roles they played in our continued freedom.

Visit www.adaairexpo.com for more details about the event. Remember though, there are not many hotel rooms in the Ada area; this is not the time to procrastinate. Call the Ada Area Chamber of Commerce at 580-332-2506 right away for lodging information and directions.



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