Look Up Ottumwa event this weekend at the Ottumwa Regional Airport

Published: Jun. 25, 2021 at 1:55 AM CDT
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - The Ottumwa Regional Airport is celebrating this weekend with an open house for the public.

Pam Kaupins, who is the Chairperson of the Airport Open House Committee, says the reason being is because of the runway’s extension.

“The main runway at the airport has been extended to over six thousand square feet, which economically for Ottumwa and the area, that means that more jet traffic and more activity can happen. So it’s exciting!”

A part of the excitement is one of World War II’s most vital air crafts is the North American B025 Mitchell Berlin Express.

The powerful medium bomber was used by every branch of the United States military and is the only aircraft to be named after an individual, General Billy Mitchell.

Lucky for me, I got a chance to ride.

It was a beautiful scene at about one thousand feet in the air of the area that lasted about 20 to 30 minutes.

There were nice historic vintage items on board that you could see and get pictures of as well.

If you would like to take a flight, rides will be 30 dollars for adults and 20 dollars for kids 12 and under.

Kaupins says everything begins Saturday starting at 7 am starting with a pancake breakfast, followed by a car and truck show awards and more.

All proceeds will be going to the Indian Hills Aviation program.

The Naval Aircraft Station will be open on Saturday also if you’d like to take a tour of other planes.

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