Pancake Breakfast Draws Crowd To Airport
by Carrie Steinweg, NWI Times Correspondent
Despite a rainy start, a steady crowd came through the historic Ford Hangar at the Lansing Municipal Airport last month for the annual Wings and Pancakes Breakfast and a look at some airplanes and vintage Ford automobiles. The breakfast was a fundraiser for Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter No. 260.
Among the groups with informational tables was the Chicago Model Masters Club that meets monthly at Thornton Township Hall in South Holland, flies models at the Kickapoo Woods flying field and visits school classes in the area.
“We show the kids how things they learn in school are used later in life,” said John Spencer, club treasurer, noting how skills in math and science are used in flying. The club was also promoting an upcoming event, the Big Bird Fly-on on Aug. 16 for models exceeding an 80-inch wing span.
he NWI Veterans Action Council hoped to connect veterans in need of assistance to available resources. “We have a website that is a clearinghouse for any vet looking for help with finding a job or housing or finding businesses that offer discounts to vets,” said Len Sherwinski, vice chairman.
Sherwinski also offered information on Honor Flight Chicago, a group that provides free flights to Washington D.C. for World War II and Korean veterans to see the national monuments.
Outside the hangar, helicopter rides and flights on an open-air experimental aircraft called Breezy were available. Little Obie, a train operated by Canadian National Railroad, offered free rides.
Chris Cakes, of Michigan, cooked pancakes for the event and members of the Schererville Lions Club, EAA, Lansing Police Cadets and Civil Air Patrol also volunteered.
“We had a little over 500 people, which was good considering the weather,” said Steve Sikorski, an EAA volunteer who coordinated the event. “It was a good, social group and it brought a lot of people together for a nominal cost for breakfast.”
Proceeds will offset the cost of bringing the Ford Tri-Motor tour, a 1928 plane, to the Lansing Airport.