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At least 40 other airplanes will be on display, McFarland said. Pilots who keep their planes at the airport and others flying in will take part in the event. Some will open up their planes and allow people to sit in the cockpits, she said.
“It’s very open and inviting,” McFarland said, adding that the event also is designed to motivate an interest in flying, especially among children. “Those are our next pilots.”
Joliet Regional Airport opened in 1930 and originally was owned and operated by the city.
The Joliet Park District owns and operates the airport today. The office building and main hangar at the airport were part of the original facility.
It’s a general aviation airport that sits on 176 acres. There are two runways: a paved one that runs 2,800 feet and a turf runway that is 2,700 feet.
The airport is home to 83 aircraft, including two helicopters.