JUNE 8, 9, 10, 2018  - CHADRON, NEBRASKA


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Chadron Municipal Airport (CDR) has been selected to host the 2018 State Fly-in. It is sponsored by the Nebraska Aviation Council.  A different Nebraska airport is chosen each year to host the event.

The weekend will include flight demonstrations, many types of aircraft displays, food and product vendors.  

Evening entertainment is being planned for both Friday and Saturday evenings. We anticipate a large crowd of attendees from both near and far.  

Plan to spend the weekend with us at CDR.



Schedule of Events

*schedule subject to change


Friday, June 8, 2018

5:30 p.m. - Social Hour

6:00 p.m. - USO Dinner

7:00 p.m. - Potter Family USO Show (ticketed event)

  •   Tickets may be purchased at City Hall or the Chadron Chamber of Commerce OR see ticketing information below under Potter Family
  •   Dinner Show will be located at the Barrel Hangar at the Chadron Airport                       


Saturday, June 9 , 2018

  • Saturday Gate Admissions will be $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for youth ages 5-12.  No credit card payments will be accepted at the gate.

7:00 a.m. - Breakfast (free to fly-in pilots)

  • Pancake Breakfast - 2 pancakes, 2 eggs, 2 pieces of sausage - $6
  • Biscuits and gravy - 2 open face biscuits smothered - $5 
  • Homemade cinnamon rolls $1.50 each. 
  • Add juice or coffee for $1 more.

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Young Eagle Rides (first come, first served). Ages 8-17 with parental permission. See parent information: https://www.eaa.org/en/eaa/flight-experiences

    1:00 p.m. - Air Show Performance - sponsored by Sioux County Foundation

    • Opening Ceremony by the American Legion Honor Guard

    • Mini Jet Airshow - Tom "Lark" Larkin - Mini Jet SubSonex
    • Staudacher "Superstar" - Doug Roth
    • Various flight demonstrations 
    • Pilot Awards will be announced

    3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Hangar Flying Speakers

    • Airshow Performers and Demonstration Pilots
    • Learning to Fly - Jeff Robbins
    • Commercial Pilot Career - Jason Sandoz
    • FAA Medicals - Dr. Allen
    • Essential Air Service - Bob Krist
    • Rosie the Riviter - Sherry Fisher

    4:00 p.m. - Paper Airplane Contest - sponsored by Chadron Public Library

    • Near vendor area

    Saturday All Day Events (9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.)

    • Gliders – Parachutes
    • Static Displays (Helicopters, airplanes, hot air balloon, glider)
      • SKYDIVING AVAILABLE!!!   To reserve a spot, please go to Skydive Hot Springs:  http://www.skydivehotsprings.com/index.html

      • HELICOPTER RIDES AVAILABLE!!!  Rides will be given on a first come first serve basis

      • 1941 Vultee BT-13

    •  People's Choice Award - cast your vote at the Information Booth by noon

    • 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. - Vendors
    • Youth Activities 
    • Airport History Display - Chadron Middle School
    • Nebraska Aviation Hall of Fame Display
    • Shuttles to Chadron available


      Saturday Evening Entertainment
      5:00 p.m. - WWII Honorees & Nebraska Aviation Hall of Fame Presentation - Jim Joyce

      6:00 p.m. - Talent Show - Homegrown USO Show 

      Sunday, June 10, 2018

      7:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. - Breakfast (free to fly-in pilots)

      • Pancake Breakfast - 2 pancakes, 2 eggs, 2 pieces of sausage - $6
      • Biscuits and gravy - 2 open face biscuits smothered - $5 
      • Homemade cinnamon rolls $1.50 each. 
      • Add juice or coffee for $1 more.

      Car Parking: Cars will be directed to park in a lot to the west of the airport buildings. Car parking is free.

      Saturday gate admissions is for all day and can be purchased at the gate. Prices are $5 for adults and $3 for children 5-12 years old. There is NO charge for Sunday.

      Attendants: Please Bring Your Own Chair For the Weekend's Events

      NO Backpacks Allowed!

      NO Personal Coolers Allowed

      NO Outisde Food or Drink Allowed!

      NO Pets Allowed!


      Potter Family USO Show



      The Potter Family is performing a USO style show on June 8 at the 2018 Nebraska State Fly-In. Come join us for this spectacular event that will surely be filled with great music, smiles, laughs, memories, and good ole fashion fun.

      The Potter Family performs a variety of music from the 30’s & 40’s through today. They bring back memories of the past and touch the hearts (and feet) of the old and young alike. Be prepared to laugh, sing, dance, and enjoy a great time as their classic voices and rich harmonies satisfy the music lovers. You’ll be captivated by their talent and will get to share the moment with your family and friends. 

      Tickets are $30 and available at Chadron Chamber and Visitors Center (credit cards, cash, and checks and at Chadron City Hall (cash and checks accepted here).  Credit card purchases will be charged $1.20 processing fee per ticket. For more information contact us chadronflyin@gmail.com.

      By purchasing a ticket to the dinner and show you will gain admittance for Saturday.


      Dinner Menu for USO Dinner & Show

      Carved Roast Beef w/ Au Jus

      Stuffed Pasta with Sauce

      Garlic Mashed Potatoes

      Monte Carlo Vegtables

      Garden Salad & Two Dressings

      Dinner Roll


      Iced Tea


      Alcoholic Beverages Will Be Available For Purchase

      The Dinner & Show will be located at the Barrel hangar at the Chadron Airport.


      Airshow Performers

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      Doug Roth

      Doug works as a Jet aircraft salesman for Duncan Aviation. He and his wife Chris live in Lincoln and have 2 grown children Nick and Julie, Julie and husband Jessy are busy raising Grandsons Malcolm and Emmett.

      Well over 6000 hours of flight time, he is Multi-engine, Commercial and Airline Transport rated.  He is a certified Flight instructor and has type ratings in the Cessna 525 and 550 models, DC3’s, Learjets and Helicopters.

      Doug has been competing in Regional aerobatic competitions for 25 years, 10 of that at the Unlimited level.

      His airplane is the Staudacher “Superstar” a 350 hp monoplane.  Powered by a 6 cylinder, fuel injected 540 ci engine. This airplane was custom built by John Staudacher, this is 1 of only 3 built. It has a top speed of 260 mph, Roll rate of 420 degrees per second and is stressed for +9/-9 g’s.

      The airplane design was originally conceived and built to compete with the Russian Sukois and German Extra aircraft in Unlimited World competition.

      Tom "Lark" Larkin

      As a child, he was afraid of roller coasters and often got air sick in airplanes.  Started flying lessons at age 19 while in college, and got his private pilots license in 62 days.  Earned an Aerospace Engineering degree from Georgia Tech, and then entered the Air Force for pilot training in 1984.  Top Graduate in F-15 school and flew 22 missions in North Iraq in support of Operation Northern Watch, and was Instructor in the Air Force in the Fighter Lead-In School in the AT-38.  Left active duty in 2000, and now resides in Denver.   He is a pilot and instructor in the 737 for a major airline.  He has a wife of 28 years and a set of twins that are thankfully done with college!  Tom has also participated in aerobatic competitions in the Christen Eagle and the Staudacher (a high performance monoplane similar to the airplanes you see on the Red Bull circuit).  He now performs exclusively in the SubSonex Mini Jet.  Tom has over 9,000 hours total time as a pilot, with approximately 8,000 hours of that in jet aircraft.


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      The plane is a modified SubSonex Mini Jet.  The SubSonex is an Experimental Jet that comes as a kit from the Sonex factory in Oshkosh, WI.  It weighs 500 lbs, goes up to 300 mph, and it is fully aerobatic.  This particular aircraft was the first kit ever sold and flown, and it has been flying for approximately 2 years.  The jet is powered by the PBS TJ-100 engine from the Czech Republic, and at full throttle it is capable of producing 258 lbs of thrust while burning 40 gallons/hr of jet fuel. As beautiful as the jet is, there is no paint on it. It is completely wrapped in a vinyl covering, similar to a show car.

      During the show, Tom will be performing a cross section of maneuvers that he routinely used while instructing and flying fighters in the Air Force.  The smoke system is custom made for this jet, and it uses approximately 7 gals of smoke oil during it's routine.  Mini Jet Airshows is the culmination of a 30+year dream to own and fly a Mini Jet in airshows.

      Curt Muhle

      Curt Muhle flies a 1941 Vultee BT-13 which was used as a training aircraft from 1941 through 1944. Of the nearly 11,500 built during the war, Muhle’s plane is one of just 30 in the world that are known to be flying. Muhle’s plane was used during the war to train pilots at Walnut Ridge, Ark. He completed the restoration of his airplane over the course of about two and a half years and brings 30 years of piloting experience to the formation flying of the group.

      This is the type of aircraft pilots would have learned to fly following their initial flight training at the Chadron Airport during the WWII era.  He will offer a flight demonstration during the airshow portion of Saturday.

      There will be a raffle to gain a ride in this aircraft on Saturday, June 9th.  There will be 50 chances sold at $20.00.  These will  be available for purchase during our events on Friday and Saturday.  Proceeds will support the State Fly-In.


      Click on image to enlarge image for more clarity and view airplane parking.

      Information for Pilots 

      • Wing camping will be available during the event for pilots
      • Please refer to the images (left & below) for airplane parking
      • Runway 12/30 will be closed on June 9th to be used for aircraft parking
      • Some tie downs are available. We recommend you bring tie downs of your own though.
      • Shuttles to and from Chadron will be available
      • Breakfast will be provided to pilots for free. Even if you fly in Friday evening you will be provided a free breakfast Saturday morning and entry to the air show free of charge.


      a. People's Choice* - Most votes submitted by patrons

      b. Farthest Pilot

      c. Oldest pilot

      d. Youngest pilot

      *People's Choice Award - cast your vote at the Information Booth by noon.

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      Chadron Municipal Airport

      90 Airport Rd.

      Chadron, NE 69337

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      Contact Info

      Terri Haynes
      Email: chadronflyin@gmail.com
      Phone: 308-430-5230

      Feel free to contact us with any questions, comments, or concerns. 



      Community Partners

      We would like to extend our thanks to these community partners for providing their services and resources in making the State Fly-In possible.


      Holiday Inn Express

      247 Ash St, Chadron, NE 69337



      1080 W Highway 20, Chadron, NE 69337

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      Chadron State College

      1000 Main Street, Chadron, NE 69337








      Chadron Chamber of Commerce

      706 W 3rd Street, Chadron, NE 69337




      Wahlstrom Ford

      1109 E 3rd Street, Chadron, NE 69337





      Chadron Public Schools









      City of Chadron

      234 Main Street, Chadron, NE 69337




      Chadron Public Library

      507 Bordeaux Street, Chadron, NE 69337





      KCSR, Chadron Radio 610 AM

      226 Bordeaux Street, Chadron, NE 69337








      Chadron Record

      248 W 2nd Street, Chadron, NE 69337



      Robbins Aviation





      Experimental Aircraft Association - Chapter 608






      Sidney Aviation - Ed Nelson


      Call: 970-217-1778

      Email: wildwestaca@gmail.com



      We would like to extend a profound thanks to all of these sponsors that have helped make the State Fly-In possible. The level of sponsorship is as followed: Bonanza Extravaganza Sponsor/Commander Level Sponsor- $2,000; Fighting Falcon Level Sponsor- $1,000; WINGMAN Level Sponsor- $500; Cub Club Level Sponsor- $200-$499.

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      Michael and Lisette Bogner

      Bonanza Extravaganza/Commander Level Sponsor








      Olsson Associates

      Fighting Falcon Level Sponsor




      First National Bank of Chadron

      202 Main Street, Chadron, NE 69337

      Fighting Falcon Level Sponsor



      Butler Ag Equipment

      6080 Highway 20, Chadron, NE 69337

      Fighting Falcon Level Sponsor



      First National Bank of North Platte

      315 W 3rd Street, Chadron, NE 69337

      WINGMAN Level Sponsor







      Viaero Wireless

      1411 W 6th Street, Chadron, NE 69337

      WINGMAN Level Sponsor





      Burbach Aquatics, INC.

      www.burbachaquatics.com / baae@centurytel.net

      WINGMAN Level Sponsor





      Edward Jones

      104 W 3rd Street, Chadron, NE 69337

      Cub Club Level

      Special Thanks to the Sioux County Foundation & Dawes County Travel Board for their Sponsorship via the Sioux County Foundation Grant and the Dawes County Tourism Grant.