Merrill Field organization celebrating Independence day with weekend events

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Published: Jun. 27, 2019 at 6:15 AM AKDT
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Looking for something to do with the whole family this weekend? Why not head on over to Merrill Field and get a first-hand look at aviation history.

is hosting its first-ever Gathering of Warbirds at the Wings of Freedom Hangar.

The event is to honor veterans and celebrate the upcoming Canada Day and Independence Day.

Watch the video above to get a sneak peek of what you’ll see at the event, along with some details about you could expect from Wing Leader Chris McKnight.

McKnight says an exciting development ahead of Saturday’s event is that the Commemorative Air Force is unveiling a new program.

“We've been given a grant by the airline pilots association that's going to allow us to fly youth. So ages 12 to 18 for free in our warbirds,” McKnight said, “Everybody talks about the shortage in the aviation world that's going on. And we want to do our part and share that passion and get kids interested.”

The rides given through the program will be short, McKnight says, but he adds they want to spark that fire and be a catalyst for kids to go out and be interested in aviation and become pilots, and mechanics.

    Event details:
  • Saturday, June 29th
  • 9 a.m. – 5 p.m
  • The Wings of Freedom Hangar, inside Merrill Field
  • The event is FREE
  • Food is being served
  • BT-13 plane rides being sold at 15 minutes for $149 & 60 minutes for $449
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