History, technology and engineering combine for two fun-filled days at the 4th Annual Marvel of Flight.
Held at the DeFuniak Springs airport, the event was a past project of the Leadership Walton class of 2011.
"The original purpose was to showcase the airport and support economic development," said Ryan Adams, DeFuniak Springs airport supervisor.
Now, in its fourth year, the event has grown to include pilot seminars, aircraft displays, aviation vendors, skydiving as well as kids activities.
"It's just about fun,"
Aviation enthusiasts from around the country bring their aircraft to Marvel of Flight to share with their passion with the public.
"We get people coming in by word of mouth, now we have people contacting us wanting to be a part of the event," said
Organizations such as the WWII Historical Association of Florida, Friends of Army Aviation and even
"Our first year, about 1,000 people came out," he said. "Last year we have 5,000. This year we expect anywhere from 7-10,000."
Marvel of Flight is open to the public and admission is free with a non-perishable food donation to The Matrix Community Outreach Center that provides food, shelter and information to meet the needs of the community.
"Every year we open up the opportunity to support local non-profits,"
Bringing the community to the airport not only gives the opportunity for young boys and girls to consider a career in aviation, but promotes a local business that has been operating since the 1940s.
"We invite the general public to see what's beyond the barbed wire fences," said
WANT TO GO? Marvel of Flight is April 26 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the