Flying Fun In Texas And Florida

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Two unique events for pilots are coming up -- in Texas, the Flying Musicians Association hosts a fly-in music fest on Saturday, Nov. 7, and in Florida, Fantasy of Flight offers Roar 'n Soar, a weekend full of racing machines for land, sea, and air, Nov. 7 and 8. The MusicFest runs all day, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., at Spinks Airport (KFWS), in Fort Worth, Texas. Admission is free ($10 per carload for parking), and the event features five music venues with over 20 acts, a play area for kids, free Young Eagle flights, a pancake breakfast, "bodacious bbq" and an FAA Wings seminar. Performances range from jazz to country to folk to "open jam/anything goes." The Fantasy of Flight event will feature aerial demos of rare vintage aircraft from Kermit Weeks' unique collection, as well as speedboats, a car show, large-scale RC aircraft demos and tandem flights in hang gliders towed aloft by an ultralight.

Roar 'n Soar is a "celebration of speed," says Weeks. "It's a family occasion, it's the kid in all of us coming out." Fantasy of Flight is in Polk City, Fla., about halfway between Orlando and Tampa. Other flying events coming up soon include a B-17 "fantasy camp" at EAA headquarters in Oshkosh, Wisc., Dec. 18-20.