A red and white Cessna 172 flies low over the runway as a brown paper bag tied with pink flagging is tossed from the plane’s open window.
No random toss, this is a flour bomb aimed by the aircraft’s passenger at a target on the ground.
Saturday was Airport Appreciation Day at the Hardin County Airport Hawthorne Field on Hwy 327, in Kountze.
Aviation celebrants competed for medals with flour-bag bombs, spot landings, and short-run take-offs.
Most of the flour bombers were volunteer fliers who tossed the sacks from Richard Sumrall’s plane hoping theirs would be the one to strike the target.
First-time small-plane flier Julie Theal said: “That was so much fun,” after landing.
Thrilled with her effort, Theal says she enjoyed the small plane ride better than the jet she took to Colorado last year.
As the crew is readying the next bombardier, someone on the sidelines teases, “are you scared?”
The Southeast Texas Flyers, Experimental Aircraft Association, Chapter 1515, hosted the Fly-in event on June 16.
“Today’s activities with the EAA Chapter 1515 introduces people to the fun of aviation,” Darlen Sumrall said.
Flying is a family affair with Darlen, whose son Richard is flying today and husband Jason is assisting volunteers.
“We’ll be hosting a youth fly-in in October,” Jason Sumrall said. “It’s a Young Eagles rally that’s designed to get kids interested in flying.”
The Fall event will allow every child interested and signed in with parental permission to go up for a 15-minute flight.
The date is yet to be set, so keep reading the Lumberton Ledger to get the exact information.
Walking over the airfield, we find Susie Wilson, wife of EAA Chapter President O. O. Wilson, Jr., who repeats Jason’s encouragement for the upcoming rally.
O. O. Wilson was not in attendance on Saturday, but he is an experimental plane builder who has built and flown home-built aircraft.
“We started several years ago with the Young Eagles and had a handful of kids, but last year we had 83,” Susie Wilson said.
Children between the ages of eight to 17 are invited to “learn about the freedom of flight.”