Flight Festival raises spirits

The Wichita Flight Festival continues to deepen the community’s love affair with flying, drawing throngs of people every year to marvel at the acts in the sky and explore the planes on the tarmac.

After collaborating with McConnell Air Force Base last year, the 2011 Wichita Flight Festival returns to Jabara Airport, opening its gates at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday with events including 10 air acts (noon to 3 p.m. each day), kid activities, radio-controlled demonstrations, a Fly Market and aviation-related exhibits. The price is certainly right in this economy: free. The exception is for the Twilight Air Show and concert by Peace Frog, a Doors tribute band, at 7 p.m. Saturday; tickets for that are $5. For details, check out the GO! section in today’s Eagle or go to www.wichitaflightfestival.com.

Born of a consultant’s urging a decade ago to hold a “Woodstock of aviation,” the Wichita Flight Festival has become an anticipated event every year — a celebration of flying machines that never fails to raise spirits in the Air Capital of the World.