GOSHEN — The runway at the Goshen Municipal Airport was busier than ever this weekend with the second Rotors ’n Ribs helicopter fly-in.
Dozens of pilots showed off their personal, commercial and military aircrafts, including a couple of refurbished Vietnam-era UH-1 Hueys, Saturday, June 29, at the airport. The event also featured high-flying aerobatic demonstrations and helicopter rides.
“It was scary at first,” said 11-year-old Olivia Bullock, describing a helicopter ride she took with her grandfather. “We went over a lot of forests and rivers, so it was a lot of fun.”
The event honored about a dozen veterans for their service in the military, including World War II vet Dick Stutsman of Goshen.
“He’s an old pilot, and he flew out of this airport for many years,” said Stan Wogoman, Stutsman’s nephew.
This year marks the Goshen Municipal Airport’s 75th anniversary. Mayor Allan Kauffman called the airport a “source of pride” for the city, attributing its prosperity to the airport commission and its volunteers.
“Often general aviation or smaller airports are gateways to communities that people don’t think about, and we’re really proud of the one that we got here in Goshen,” Kauffman said. “People flying into Goshen, they always give us great compliments on our airport.”