YAKIMA, Wa.- The McAllister Museum hosted its second airplane showcase today. Young and old gathered to experience the breathtaking beauty and history of flight in central Washington.
Organizers for the event brought in pilots from around Washington state to display there aircrafts and explain what it takes to operate a plane. "Pilots will give a little bit of a talk about the aircraft and hopefully do a little flying demonstration and then allow the public to get up close and personal with the aircraft," said Roberta Dell an employee at McAllister Museum.
Two local pilots flew in for the demonstration today and gave the public a look into different kinds of planes.
Local Pilot Tomas Holbrook explained what type of plane he flies, "My airplane is a kit plane so my wife and I built it in our garage at home this is a very fast air craft that will go up to 25,000 feet because its pressurized."
They made the plane at home and Hollbrook told me he's gotten some quizzical looks from neighbors before, but the rewarding experience of sharing his dream with children is what makes it so worth while.
"There is a young man that just sent me his senior picture thanking me for taking him up and inspiring him to become a pilot, and he's trying to get into the air force academy," Holbrook said.
Flying might not be the typical American past time, but for these pilots its something they'd like to see more people get involved in, making it a hobby or even a career. But at the end of the day Holbrook says the shear beauty and experience of flying a plane outweighs everything else.
"It's breathtaking when you are up in the air by yourself and you are just looking around you are just awestruck and you just find out how special things are when you can fly an airplane up there."