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Hamilton Airport Celebrates Heritage of Flying

1919 biplane Hamilton MT
A biplane on Bitterroot Stock Farm in September, 1919. (John Westling photo – courtesy of Ravalli County Museum)
All day Saturday, July 6, the heritage of 100 years of flying in the Bitterroot Valley will be celebrated at Airport Heritage Days at the Ravalli County Airport.

The Hamilton airport will start the festivities with a pancake and egg breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. – $5 for adults – $3 for kids.

There will be World War II aircraft on display (and flying), along with skydivers from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., radio-controlled model aircrafts (not drones!), helicopter rides and a spot landing contest. Lots of planes will be on display, along with many vintage autos.

The airport, east of Hamilton, is probably very near where the biplane photo from 1919 was taken (see photo). The caption on the photo from the Ravalli County Museum archives notes the date as September 28, 1919, and it was taken by John Westling. It describes the area as the Bitterroot Stock Farm. Notice the old autos on the right.

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