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Aviation in the Heartland: Will Rogers Fly-In Soars Back into Oologah

By: Tom Fink | Category: Recreation/Leisure | Issue: July 2022

During his lifetime, Will Rogers flew higher than most – both literally and figuratively. Rising to worldwide success in Vaudeville, films, newspapers and magazines, Rogers was a man of multiple talents and passions, with one of his passions being the once-fledgling industry of aviation. This summer, Rogers, and his love of flying will be recognized with the Will Rogers/Wiley Post Fly-In and National Day of Remembrance at the Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch in northeastern Oklahoma. “This is a traditional part of the Birthplace Ranch and the history of Will Rogers, as well as Wiley Post,” said Will Rogers Memorial Executive Director Tad Jones. “It’s been an honor for us to host this family-friendly event every year – we didn’t even cancel it during the COVID years – we managed to keep it going, and we’re thrilled to bring it back again this year.” Sponsored by the Cherokee Nation, the fly-in will begin early, with gates opening around 7:30 a.m. for the public to arrive and watch and marvel as more than 100 small-engine planes from across the state, and some from outside the state, arrive and land on the grounds of the Birthplace Ranch in nearby Oologah.

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Aviation in the Heartland: Will Rogers Fly-In Soars Back into Oologah

By: Tom Fink | Category: Recreation/Leisure | Issue: June 2022

During his lifetime, Will Rogers flew higher than most – both literally and figuratively. Rising to worldwide success in Vaudeville, films, newspapers and magazines, Rogers was a man of multiple talents and passions, with one of his passions being the once-fledgling industry of aviation. This summer, Rogers, and his love of flying will be recognized with the Will Rogers/Wiley Post Fly-In and National Day of Remembrance at the Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch in northeastern Oklahoma. “This is a traditional part of the Birthplace Ranch and the history of Will Rogers, as well as Wiley Post,” said Will Rogers Memorial Executive Director Tad Jones. “It’s been an honor for us to host this family-friendly event every year – we didn’t even cancel it during the COVID years – we managed to keep it going, and we’re thrilled to bring it back again this year.” Sponsored by the Cherokee Nation, the fly-in will begin early, with gates opening around 7:30 a.m. for the public to arrive and watch and marvel as more than 100 small-engine planes from across the state, and some from outside the state, arrive and land on the grounds of the Birthplace Ranch in nearby Oologah.

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Elevated Amusement at the Will Rogers and Wiley Post Fly-In!

By: Macy Goodnight | Category: Rogers County | Issue: August 2021

On Saturday morning, Aug. 14, from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the annual Will Rogers and Wiley Post Fly-In will take place at Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch in Oolagah. Admission is free for this fun-for-the-whole family event, with something for everyone to enjoy! One of the largest fly-ins in Oklahoma, visitors will witness the thrill of aviation with approximately 100 airplanes coming in for landing, up close viewing of the aircraft, and a chance to talk to the pilots. Food trucks, a kid zone with inflatables, and games, a vendor market, Cherokee Storytelling, a car show, and more will make for an amazing day, honoring Will and Wiley, who tragically perished in Alaska, in a plane crash, Aug. 15, 1935.

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Spirits to Fly High at Will Rogers/Wiley Post Fly-In

By: Tom Fink | Category: Rogers County | Issue: August 2019

Saturday, August 10, the Will Rogers/Wiley Post Fly-In will fill the sky over the Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch in northeast Oklahoma with planes of all makes and models, as pilots make their way to Oologah for this annual family event. Beginning at 7:30 a.m., bring the entire family out for ood trucks, classic cars, Cherokee weaving and Cherokee storytelling by Robert Lewis, a remote control plane display presented by the American Turf Flyers, inflatables, face painting, and more. Find more details about the event in the August 2019 edition of VALUES News Magazine and at ValueNews.com.

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Will and Wiley 80 Years Later

By: Pat Reeder | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: August 2015

Will Rogers and Wiley Post died in an Alaska plane crash on August 15, 1935. It is often called the “crash heard around the world.” This year the Will Rogers & Wiley Post Fly-In at the Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch will be Saturday, August 15, the 80th anniversary of the history-making event, when bold headlines in newspapers all over the world carried the story.

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