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Published on Friday, October 4, 2019

Vintage Plane Fly-In is Saturday at the Jetport

Various vintage aircraft will visit Marlboro County for Saturday’s Vintage Plane Fly-In at the H.E. Avent Jetport.
The Jetport is located at 1231 Airport Road.
The free event, which is from 9 a.m-2 p.m., will celebrate the history of World War II Primary Flight Training Facility Palmer Field and the history of aviation in Marlboro County.
Palmer Field was located west of Evans Correctional Institution on Hwy 9 West near Bennettsville.
The fly-in is one of the events celebrating Bennettsville Bicentennial.
Elisabeth McNiel, the chairperson for the Bicentennial Committee, said local vintage aircraft enthusiast Barry Avent is the lead organizer for the event.
There will be various aircraft on display and airport tours.  Planes expected to be on display include  a P-51 Mustang (WWII fighter), a PT-17 Stearman (training plane used at Palmer Field), a BT-13 Vultee trainer, an AT-6 Texan trainer and an AT-11 bomber trainer.
“Bennettsville has a rich aviation history,” McNiel said.
She added the Carolinas-Virginia Vintage Aircraft Association Chapter 3 is having their Fall Fly-In at Camden this weekend. Some of the members will fly their planes to the Jetport for the event.
For more information, call 843-454-2142.

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