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By Christian Jennings - bio | email

October 10, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Hundreds of planes will land in Thomasville this weekend during the 41st annual Fly-In. Despite the high cost of fuel and recent rainy weather, organizers still expect thousands of visitors.

It was a beautiful day for flying. One after the other pilots made their way into town, landing at the Thomasville Regional Airport.

Irvan NeSmith is President of the local Aviation Club which hosts the event.

And clear skies have him looking forward to a nice turnout. "Oh this is great," he said. "We would expect probably in the neighborhood of 350 to 500 airplanes tomorrow."

Danny Bracewell was one of today's early birds, and he's been a regular here for the past 30 years. "I'm excited, been looking forward to it for a while."

He built this plane with his own two hands, and even the $6 a gallon cost of aviation fuel couldn't keep it parked at home.

"I think the price of fuel has caused everyone to limit their flying to specific events and stuff like this."

Pilots and families from all over the Southeast were already set up Friday.

Sam Wooten flew in from Conyers, and he's setting up camp for a "night under the wings" as they call it. "This is the only time I camp, I'm not much of a camper, but I go to fly ins and I do camp," he says.

But the fly-in isn't just for pilots; it's for families and and people of all ages.

One of the many things you can do is go for an airplane ride, where you get to look over beautiful Thomasville.

"The thing I think is the hit of the entire day tomorrow is the candy drop for the kids," said MeSmith.

So if you want to see candy fall from the sky, get a close look at antique airplanes, or go for a ride, it's an all day event, and admission, is free.

The Fly-In kicks off at 8:00AM and lasts all through the night.

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