Seventeen Airplanes Target UCA Strip

December 01, 2002 | Cheri Corder

Excitement stirred in the little town of Spangle, Wash., as 17 airplanes landed on Upper Columbia Academy’s (UCA’s) airstrip—all in one morning.

It was UCA’s third annual fly-in, an event sponsored by the technology department to encourage interest in the academy’s ground school.

The flying machines included a helicopter, a newly refurbished 1927 biplane, a couple of ag planes, a Cherokee-6, 3 Steermans, and several Cessnas.

Pilots included alumni, parents of current students, and friends of the school. Two pilots from Walla Walla College had made connections with an Alaska Air executive who lives just two miles from UCA. He also stopped by for the event.

All participants were encouraged to look over the planes and visit with their pilots. Ground school students got complimentary plane rides, and all enjoyed a delicious all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast in the school cafeteria.