Airport Open House Fly-In/Cruise-In


On October 1, the Greenville Airport will celebrate their 50th Anniversary with a Fly-In/Cruise-In. The event is open to the public and will display aircraft from the area as well as many others who have flown in for the day. This year a car cruise is being organized as part of the event with vehicles cruising in and out throughout the day. Wes Pourchot will be grilling as well as other food vendors.

Making a special appearance to help with the 50th Anniversary Celebration is a Grumman TBM Avenger, which was used by the Marine Torpedo Bombing Squadron 234. The TBM that will be on display worked off of the USS Vella Gulf during the Okinawa campaign. In October 2015, this aircraft returned to Hawaii to be part of an air show over Pearl Harbor.

Rides will be available in the airport’s Cessna 172. St. Louis Biplane Rides will be on hand to offer rides in a WACO and a J-3 Cub. Attendees can sit in an actual F-4 cockpit and have their picture taken.

Two medical transport helicopters will be on the grounds throughout the day and rides will be given in a Robinson R-44 4-seater helicopter. The IL State Police will have one of their surveillance aircraft on display.

With a focus on warbirds, there will be several Stearman, WACOs, T-34 and T-6 aircraft on display. Various demonstrations relative to aviation will be performed including a skydiving exhibition. Attendance prizes will be given out during the event.

The event will be held from 9 AM – 4 PM at the Greenville Airport, located on Hwy 127 south of Greenville. A rain date has been scheduled for Sunday, October 2. Admission is free but a $5 parking donation per vehicle is appreciated which makes you eligible for attendance prizes. The event is sponsored by the Greenville Pilots Assn. and the Greenville Airport Authority.

The Greenville Airport Authority was formed in 1966 and is the governing body of the Greenville airport. The airport actively serves the aviation sector which is used by business, private and recreational aircraft. The airport also serves as home of the Gateway Skydiving Center. For more information about this event, contact the Greenville Airport at 618-664-0926 or email

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