(ATLANTIC) Area veterans will get a once in a lifetime photo opportunity at the Annual Jaycee Flight Breakfast July 4th. An organized photo is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. in front of the A-26 Invader “Lady Liberty,” the only American built combat aircraft to see action in World War II, Korea, and VietNam.
“Heritage and Homecoming was our Fly Iowa theme, therefore our honored veterans were a large part of our program,” Fly Iowa Chairman Garry Pellett said. “The A-26 wasn’t able to make the trip in September, so we are offering the photo opportunity this week.”
The A-26 was scheduled to appear at the Fly Iowa Air Show last September and had some mechanical issues that prevented the visit Pellett said. The plane will be available for walk-on tours from 7 to 11 a.m. and will also do one fly-over mid-morning. Breakfast is from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. rain or shine at the Atlantic Municipal Airport, 59706 Highland Road.
With the Pancake Man serving his infamous flying pancakes, planes won’t be the only things taking to the sky. The breakfast also includes sausage and a drink for $6 per plate, and funds support the Jaycees Fourth of July Fireworks Display. Fireworks and music will begin at dusk with concessions provided by the Kiwanis Club beforehand. The rain date is July 5th for fireworks.
“We hope not only our veterans attend, but that they bring their families and share a piece of history while it is right here in Atlantic,” Pellett said.