Sentimental Journey

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Sentimental Journey is an old-fashioned sort of fly-in. It is a gathering of the like-minded more than an exhibition, a sharing of things rather than simply a selling of things. It is a wonderful place to simply sit beside your aircraft and smell the fresh-cut grass, to watch the activities on the grass and blacktop runways, to watch and listen for the aircraft as they pop over the ridgelines to the north and south and join the airport’s traffic pattern.

The 20th Annual Sentimental Journey Fly-in occurred this past June 22nd through June 25th, on what turned out to be a string of beautiful summer days and nights in central Pennsylvania. Held at the picturesque Lock Haven Airport, this uncontrolled field with its 3,800-foot paved runway and a parallel 2,200-foot grass strip was once again a perfect hosting facility for what turned out to, as it perennially seems to, be a perfect fly-in destination.

Even though the official festivities were to begin on Wednesday, those who were intent on being early—a cushion for weather delays (none needed this year), a chance to pick up an optimum parking and/or camping site, or just a desire to spend more time in the famously-relaxed atmosphere of Sentimental Journey—airplanes of all sorts began arriving as early as Monday.

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