Several Attend Flight Night At Monroe County Airport Saturday Evening

(BLOOMINGTON) –  Several people attended the First Annual Flight Night at the Monroe County Airport on Saturday evening.

WW II Vintage Plane Owned by Bob Graves

“We are trying to promote aviation at the airport. This is a part of the Apollo 17 landing, WTIU has several documentaries and will be shown this evening,” said Carlos Laverty Director of Aviation Monroe County Airport.

Several Aircraft was on display Saturday Evening

In addition to the showing of the Apollo documentaries, there were plenty of food vendors as well as other places for children and adults to look over aircraft, browse telescopes, look at meteorites that were found in Indiana, and take a tethered balloon ride.

Geologist Nelson R. Shaffer brought some of the meteorites that he has found in Indiana. Some were found in La Porte County, Lafayette, and one was found in Hangsmans Crossing in Jackson County.  Shaffer also talked about a meteorite that he discovered in the Williams area and WBIW will do a future story on his finding.

Some of the Meteorites discovered in Indiana by Geologists Nelson R. Shaffer

The Indiana Astronomical Society brought four telescopes to display at the event. One allowed those attending to find Saturn and another was telescope specifically designed to look at the sun.

Families then had an amazing opportunity to take a tethered hot air balloon ride, sponsored by Bloomington  Balloon Rides.  Flight bookings throughout the year are available by contacting Bloomington Balloon Rides at 812-322-2214.

One of two Aircraft Firefighting Equipment kept at the Monroe County Airport

Several area organizations provided fun and educational family activities. There were space-related video screenings for adults and children of all ages, telescopes for sky exploration, airplane take-offs and landings, guided airport tours, food trucks, and more.

Sara Lee left, and Kristine Roccia stands by the Monroe County Airport Truck Roccia runs The Barber on the property.

Various vehicles were on display for unique learning opportunities including a medevac helicopter, the airport fire rescue vehicle, a tethered hot air balloon, and several types of airplanes.

A child takes a look at Saturn During Saturday night’s Flight Night

“This year’s theme revolves around the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. I’m especially looking forward to seeing the moon through one of Kirkwood Observatory’s field telescopes, and can’t wait to get an up-close look at a medevac helicopter,” said Molnar.

Cadet Lewis Gatewood poses in front of the Civil Air Patrol Plane


Listing of some of the Meteorites found in Indiana
The Cow also came for a visit tonight.