Fly in for French toast at airport this Saturday


BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Sport Flying Club -- Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 1375 is hosting its second "French Toast Fly-In" of the year, and anyone is welcome to attend.

The rain-or-shine event will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16, at the William H. Morse State Airport in Bennington, and will run until noon. Scheduled to coincide with Bennington Battle Day, the event will bring in aviators and other interested parties from all over the region, said chapter president Leik Myrabo. The breakfast will consist of French toast, fruit, bacon, coffee, orange juice, and "real Vermont maple syrup, not that other stuff," according to Myrabo. Admittance to the event is a $6 donation to the club.

Myrabo said the last August fly-in saw around 20 aircraft fly into the airport for breakfast, along with many who arrived in cars. The fliers represent many of the area's aircraft clubs, he said.

The breakfast is being held as a fundraiser for the organization, which has recently been renovating its meeting space at the airport. "It's open to anybody," said Myrabo.

The Bennington Sport Flying Club is an organization made up of 18 people who own or are building their own aircraft, said Myrabo. The organization, which has been based out of the airport since 2000, was created to help educate people interested in aviation. Currently, three or four members are working on building airplanes with one, Roland Smith, who just finished his latest project.

The last French Toast Fly-in took place in January, and saw over 40 attendees, many of whom flew to Bennington, although a forecast of hail later in the afternoon caused many pilots to cancel. Those pilots who did show up for the event hailed from all over New York and Vermont. One of the New York pilots at the time said that he came specifically for the French toast.

The EAA, which was founded in Milwaukee in 1953, has more than 180,000 members across the country, and describes itself on its website as "a community of passionate aviation enthusiasts that promotes and supports recreational flying." The group's mission is to increase participation in aviation and to foster a vibrant aviation community. It grew from a small handful of aviators who were interested in building their own planes to an international organization representing members who participate in every form of recreational aviation.

The Bennington chapter maintains a website at for those who are interested in learning more. The website includes photos from previous fly-ins and pictures of the airplanes the members are working on.

Those interested in more information about Saturday's event may call airport manager Rob Luther at 802-442-5503.

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