History comes in for a landing in Cottage Grove

History comes in for a landing in Cottage Grove
Vintage aircraft on display in Cottage Grove

COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. - The Oregon Aviation Historical Society brought vintage aircraft to Cottage Grove for the annual Jim Wright Memorial Stearman Fly-In.

The 35th annual event runs through 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Jim Wright Memorial Field in Cottage Grove.

The public is invited, free of charge, to view the aircraft and talk to the pilots.

Stearman planes, named after designer Lloyd Stearman, were used to train pilots in World War II.

Weather permitting, organizers expect between 25 and 30 biplanes and other vintage aircraft to attend.

Biplane rides by Nostalgic Warbird & Biplane Rides will be available for purchase.

Restorations in progress at the Oregon Aviation Historical Society include the 1931 Great Lakes 2T-1A by barnstormer Tex Rankin and the 1931 Springfield Cadet, designed and built in Springfield, Oregon. These planes will all be open to view at the fly-in.

Oregon played a vital role in early aviation history, and the goal of the Oregon Aviation Historical Society is to collect, restore and preserve aviation artifacts for interpretive and educational display in order to insure the preservation of Oregon's rich aviation heritage for future generations, the organization said.