Get a free seat in a vintage plane at Cub Fest in Morristown

Antique aircraft flying in to Regional Airport Saturday
Updated: May. 20, 2021 at 5:45 PM EDT
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MORRISTOWN, Tenn. (WVLT) - Aviation enthusiasts are invited to Morristown Regional Airport on Saturday, May 22, for Cub Fest & Antique Aircraft Fly-In.

Admission is free to watch planes take off and land, plus you can get up-close tours of vintage planes built from the 1930s to the 1960s.

Organizer Anthony Underwood flies a 1940 Piper J-3 Cub, and plans on offering visitors a chance to climb into the cockpit to learn more about aviation history and the flying experience.

“I’ll stand there all day long if anyone wants to get in the seat. Especially kids. Kids always want to get in the seat,” said Underwood. He has invited pilots from several states in the Southeast to fly into the airport and show off their planes. The event is planned for 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday.

A key sponsor of the Cub Fest event is the Morristown Chapter 1494 of the Experimental Aircraft Association.

“What’s not to like about the airport, a lot of planes, food and getting to talk with a bunch of pilots who have stories of all types to tell?” said Chapter President Karen Hughes Collins. She said funds from sales of merchandise like Cub Fest t-shirts help provide scholarships for flying lessons. So far in the past couple of years, Collins said the group has provided lessons for eight different young students in need of assistance.

Hughes Collins said she waited until mid-life to learn how to fly, and now she loves piloting her own plane. It is a 1966 Mooney that goes a bit faster than the Piper Cub. “Its top speed is just under 200 miles an hour,” she said. Her organization will be on hand to answer questions for aspiring pilots and those simply interested in aviation history.

You can learn more about the EAA here.

The airport is located at 5233 Old Highway 11E in Morristown, about a 45-minute drive from Knoxville.

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