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|Thursday, September 11, beginning at approximately: 11:00 AM.
|Thursday, September 11, beginning at approximately: 12:00 PM.
|National Air Tour arrivals and departures will extend over a period of time, please see the comments below for more information. The schedule is weather and wind permitting - subject to change without notice.
Due to strong winds the National Air Tour arrival will be delayed by approximately two hours from the original schedule. The new anticipated schedule is posted above. Aircraft are in the air at this time (9:15 CDT) heading south. Arrivals and departures may extend over a period of up to an hour and a half starting with the estimated times shown. Aircraft will be parked near the teminal and North Iowa Air Serivce (641)424-9366
* The red arrow on map indicates the airport
where the National Air Tour will arrive/depart.
|The National Air Tour will stop in Mason City for the first time in its history on Thursday, September 11th (weather permitting). That day the tour will be en route from Minneapolis to Des Moines and Kansas City. In 1929 the tour flew from Des Moines to Minneapolis via Cedar Rapids; the 2003 tour is base on the probable route of the 1932 tour, which was outlined but ultimately canceled due the onset of the Great Depression. Mason City would have been a logical rest and fuel stop along the 1932 route.
Mason City has a long history of aviation. Aircraft had been operating in an out of Mason City since the very early years of flight. In 1921 Art Inman took his first ride from Charles Pedelty from Mason City. The $7 ride must have impressed Inman as he and his brother Rolley went on to take flying lessons from Charles "Speed" Holman (Northwest's first pilot). They later started the famous Inman Brothers Flying Circus. Mason City’s first official airport was dedicated on August 28, 1927. Twelve pilots flew in from Selfridge Field in Detroit for the occasion and Colonel Hanford MacNider, acting secretary of war flew in with a 10-passenger Fokker tri-motor. Charles Lindbergh, who had been visiting Sioux City was picked up by the Selfridge pilots and brought to Mason City to take part in the festivities.