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.



Preliminary 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 Riders (first come, first served)
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Hangar Flying Speakers
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 

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Hangar Flying Speakers

  • Airshow Performers and Demonstration Pilots

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.)

  • Balloons – Gliders – Parachutes
  • Static Displays (Helicopters, airplanes, hot air balloon, glider)
  •  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
  • 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 

    • If you would like to perform, please contact Amy Graham at 402-322-0676 or ajgraham28@gmail.com

    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.

    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



    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









    Edward Jones

    104 W 3rd Street, Chadron, NE 69337

    WINGMAN Level Sponsor





    Viaero Wireless

    1411 W 6th Street, Chadron, NE 69337

    WINGMAN Level Sponsor

    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.