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July Events

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July is very busy with fly-ins and work parties. Please plan on joining us for one or more events. Clicking on any event title will take you to the RAF events calendar page with more information.

July 7: Two Hearted River Airstrip Grand Opening, Michigan

Please join us for the official grand opening of Two Hearted River airstrip on Saturday July 7th! Celebration is weather dependent. Lunch will be provided to attendees from 11:30am-1:30pm. Please register for the event so we can plan for food and drink. We look forward to seeing you there!

July 13-15: Swank Field Fly-In, Ohio

You are invited to the Swank Field Fly-in, Fly-out this July at (0OH5) - zero oscar hotel five. Come meet RAF Ohio Liaisons Christine Mortine and Freeman Swank. Camping is available on the field. Food is on your own, and there are restaurants within walking distance. A bike trail and other recreational opportunities such as fishing are available.

July 13-14: Second Annual Aviation Expedition to McCarthy, Alaska

This is the 2nd annual gathering of RAF, EAA42 and IFFR friends in McCarthy, Alaska. Overnight camping and potluck picnic evenings of July 13 and 14 at Alaska Liaison Al Clayton’s "Fireweed" strip. (0AK8) CTAF 122.9.  Bring your tents, camping equipment and food to share.  Amenities at Fireweed include, firepit, BBQ grills, cooking equipment, propane burners, picnic tables, hot and cold running water and an outhouse.

July 14th  from 9 am to 4 pm will be the work party at Peavine Strip on National Park land 15 miles east of Fireweed on a gravel bar of the Chitistone River. 

July 14: North Fox Island Airstrip Work Party, Michigan

Work with other RAF volunteers to cut brush, do beach patrol and maybe gather firewood for island visitors. As we have in the past two years, bring what you want to eat and drink, share with others if you want.

Remote island rustic camping at its finest.

Check the weather carefully, fly safe and hope to see you there.

July 21: Work Party at Schafer Meadows, Montana

Help keep Schafer Meadows (8U2) maintained! Meet at the Schafer Meadows ranger station at 9am ready to work. Please bring work gloves; other necessary tools will be provided. Dinner will be provided on Saturday evening.

July 26: Coffee and Donuts with the RAF at Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Bring a friend and join Team RAF again this year on the Hartzell rooftop for EAA AirVenture 2018 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. 

We’ll be serving up coffee and not-so-ordinary donuts on Thursday, July 26 from 8:30-11 am. This is the ideal place to view AirVenture activity, and the beautifully restored B-17G Flying Fortress “Aluminum Overcast” will be flying sorties during this time.

July 27-29: Creighton Island Fly-In Series, Georgia

Join the RAF for a fly-in series at Creighton Island Airfield in Georgia. This event will be held on the fourth weekend of every month, beginning in April 2018 and ending in September 2018.

Activities include: Hiking, exploring (most of the island is undeveloped and unchanged dating back to the civil war era), kayaking/canoeing, bird-watching, airstrip & site maintenance. Visit nearby St. Simon’s and/or Jekyll Islands: http://www.explorestsimonsisland.com/ & https://www.jekyllisland.com/

July 28-29: Nehalem Bay State Airport Fly-In, Oregon

Fly-in to Nehalem Bay State Airport, Oregon (3S7) for a social weekend with RAF members. The airport is located in a state park, adjacent to a beautiful Pacific Ocean beach.  Camping facilities available on the airport or it’s an easy walk into town for accommodation and dining. We’ll hold a pot-luck dinner on Saturday evening.

July 28: Jerry Cain's Annual BBQ and Community Open House, Montana

Mingle with pilots and friends from around the northwest at RAF Director Emeritus Jerry Cain's annual BBQ and community open house at the Lincoln, MT airport (S69) on Saturday July 28th with the core time frame from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm for the BBQ, but anyone can arrive earlier or stay later. There are four bicycles available to ride into town or a one mile walk.

Jerry will provide hamburgers and hot dogs with all the trimmings, Liz’s chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream, and bottled water. Attendees are encouraged to bring their favorite potluck dish to share with others. Donations are appreciated, but not required.