Prairie Dog Fly-In expects 100 planes

The prairie dogs will be coming out of their dens to watch the 7th annual Prairie Dog Fly-In Breakfast this weekend. The fly-in is scheduled from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. Saturday at McMahon-Wrinkle Airport. “This is something we started to give pilots a reason to come here and see our facility which in turn gave them a reason to come back,” Kelly Grant, assistant to the air park director, said. About 100 aircrafts are expected to fly in from all over the Permian Basin, including Snyder, Lubbock, San Angelo and Midland/Odessa. “The pilots want to show off their planes and this gives them a chance to do that while admiring other planes,” Grant said. “It also provides an opportunity for the community to come out and see vintage and general aviation planes.”A pancake, sausage and bacon breakfast will be provided free of charge for those flying in and made available for all others for $2 a plate. “This is a fun way for the community to get involved in aviation,” she said. “By coming out they aren’t necessarily helping support the air park, but are helping support the event.”According to Grant, monies made from the fly-in are used to help with fuel costs for the vintage aircrafts that are brought in for display. Parking will be on the west side of the air park terminal. For more information, call the air park at 264-2362. Contact Staff Writer Amanda Moreno at 263-7331 ext. 234 or by e-mail at