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2008 Nebraska State Fly-In and Show n Shine. Great Day!

By GoldyLocks

June 21, 2008 is the equinox; the longest day of the year.

What a great day it was in Holdrege, Nebraska for the annual Nebraska State Fly-in and Show 'n Shine. What a great idea...wonderful planes and cool cars all in the same place.

This year, the Nebraska State Fly-in was hosted by the the great folks at Brewster Field in Holdrege, Nebraska. Special effort sure was expended by the airport staff, airport manager Lanny Lambrecht of Lambrecht Aviation, the helpful and energetic folks from EAA chapter 1091 and more.

Ok, we knew it was going to get hot so we started early. I drove on out to Holdrege. (Yes, yes...got my pilot's license in 1981 and I know it is a "fly-in", but I didn't plan ahead much for this ;-) ).

Got to Holdrege and saw that it was also Sommerfest in Holdrege (the ethnic festivals in Nebraska are wonderful!) and easily found Brewster Field.

What a treat. I met the good folks from EAA Chapter 1091 who were a big help at the show. From helping with the Young Eagles "first flight" program to popping pop-corn and cooking burgers, these folks showed that they have the community spirit and know how to do a lot more than build and fly airplanes (which is a wonderful thing).

You all know from my posts that I like history and I learned some interesting history about Brewster Field. I met Sara Brewster Olson who is the Granddaughter of Dr. Donald E. Brewster, for whom Brewster Field is named and who was know in the Holdrege parts as the "flying doctor."

Mrs. Olson related to me some fond memories of her grandpa, including his first medical flight. Apparently, Dr. Brewster was called to help a fellow who had fallen off of an oil rig in Herndon, KS...but there wasn't time to drive so a friend flew him out in a plane..this was early in the 20th century folks. Dr. Brewster flew out with medical kit and operated right in the oil field and saved the derrick worker.

Well, after that, there we many more medical flights to other towns, to farms and ranches. Some of the landing strips were nothing more than pastures marked with a sheet on a fence or windmill to show the doctor where to land. And, he operated on kitchen tables and delivered many a baby at home. Sorta unlike a modern medical experience, heh?

And, apparently, Dr. Brewster was pretty spry. His granddaughter related watching him walk up the stairs in his house at 72 years old....on his hands with his feet in the air!

Wow, now just a commentary, but you don't likely get medical service like that anymore; much of anywhere. It was a good story.

There was a great P-38 flown in by the Fagen Team. Mr. Fagen was proud of this bird, one of only 4 flying P-38's in the world.

And, a lot of big grins from home built owners who explained the "project." Some were six months, some were six years!

Well, it is in the doin' I think.

And, great cars too! Now who thought of that ....great planes and great cars at the same show. Gotta love this.

Watch for some more blog posts about the P-38 and some other great planes and cars, and enjoy the photos.

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donnalove
Sep 24, 2008 at 7:04 pm
i was at this show selling my signs, was a great car and air show. Not much shade, but again, you are at a airportwink image little hard to have trs all over and still land planessmile image The car show used to be downtown.
 
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Thunder3
Jun 22, 2008 at 11:09 am
You folks are truly blessed to have such a great facility to do both car show and Fly-in, just wish I was there!!
 
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JerryandMary
Jun 22, 2008 at 10:06 am
Wow, it seems like meeting Sara Brewster Olson was enough to make the trip. She sounds from here like a fascinating lady with lots of historical knowledge. The show sounds great.

Jerry
 
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billshotrod
Jun 22, 2008 at 9:05 am
HAD A GREAT TIME, LOVED THE AREA, AND THE PEOPLE, WOULD DIFFENTLY GO TO HOLDREGE CAR CLUB EVENTS AGAIN
 
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kartrac3r
Jun 22, 2008 at 7:03 am
What a great show, I had a vehicle entered and combining the two events was a great idea, it gave all us car guys somethign else to do other than sit by our cars for 4 hours haha
 

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