Aviation Day 2013 will be held Saturday, Nov. 2, at Page Field in Fort Myers, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with free admission and parking.
Aviation Day is an annual community event hosted by the Lee County Port Authority with the purpose of increasing community awareness of the local airports: Southwest Florida International Airport and Page Field. The event is held on the ramp on the north side of Page Field off North Airport Road, east of U.S. 41 and south of Colonial Blvd.
Parking is available off North Airport Road and U.S. 41 with complimentary shuttle bus transportation to the event.
This year, the main attraction will be a Vought F4U Corsair, sponsored by Paragon Flight Training. The Corsair is a distinctively designed fighter plane built during World War?II and made famous by the "Black Sheep Squadron." It was also used in Korea as a carrier-based fighter.
Visitors can also view a North American B-25J Mitchell twin-engine bomber, sponsored by AECOM. This aircraft type trained at Page Field and was used in the Doolittle Raid over Japan.
In addition, this year's free children's activities (giant slide and bounce houses) are sponsored by Standard Parking.
Other attractions will include experimental, antique and general aviation aircraft, airplane and helicopter rides (for a fee), performances by a 17-piece big band ensemble, character appearances, airport police and fire department demonstrations, clowns and face painting, aviation-themed shopping, food and more.
Organizers are asking those coming to Aviation Day 2013 to help the local community by bringing a non-perishable food item. All donations will benefit The Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida.
Southwest Florida International Airport served more than 7.3 million passengers in 2012 and is one of the top 50 U.S airports for passenger traffic. Page Field offers top-quality service to corporate, commercial and private aviators and accommodated more than 85,000 aircraft operations in 2012.