Flight Breakfast Sunday
The Washington Pilots Association and the American Legion will hold their annual flight breakfast this Sunday from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Washington Municipal Airport. The two groups will serve pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, juice, milk and coffee.
Lonny Milligan, a member of the American Legion, said the breakfast draws pilots from several different states. He said that this year he does not believe that rides will be given in the airplanes. The event regularly draws about 50 to 60 planes to the airport throughout the morning. The planes will be on display.
“It has been going on for I don’t know how many years,” Milligan said. He said that the event has been a Washington mainstay for at least 30 years.
Milligan said that a car show would also be held at the breakfast. He said that participating pilots eat free, while any passengers have to pay regular price.
The tradition of displaying airplanes in the Washington square is no longer being done, Milligan said. He said that in the past pilots had taxied planes down Highway 92 to the square. He said that the “Historic Washington” sign now keeps the planes from being able to make it to the square. He also said the liability for bringing the planes to the square had gotten to be too much.
The American Legion and the Pilots Association have put on the flight breakfast together for the past four years. Before they teamed up, the Pilots Association ran it by itself for 15 years, and the Jaycees ran it for about five years before that. Milligan said that he has attended the breakfast for at least 23 years and he said it has been the first Sunday in June as long as he can remember.
Proceeds from the event will go to upkeep of the Washington Municipal Airport. Funds will also be used to help the American Legion send 100 CARE (Cooperation and Assistance for Relief Everywhere) packages to troops in Afghanistan. Milligan said the package project is about a $3,000 project.