More photos from the Antique Airplane Association fly-in near Ottumwa, Iowa. At a grass strip in Blakesburg hundreds of old time planes (and their pilots, families and friends) gather annually to do a bit of flying and share stories. The private airport is situated on a hilltop surrounded by wooded ravines and corn fields.
Pilot stories can be as colorful as their planes. Most talk about the aircraft's age, mechanics, performance and restoration characteristics. Some will talk about how they bought the plane and others talk about the next fly-in. For three days its a chance for them to step back in time, be a bit insulated from the public and enjoy a long weekend near the end of summer.