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5:45 PM Sun, Nov. 18th

Air Fair 2003 takes off this weekend

Courier file/Jo. L. Keener

Mark Westermann from Oregon City, Ore., takes a close look at a vintage aircraft's propeller at the Prescott Air Fair 2002.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) will celebrate its first 25 years in Prescott during the university's Octoberwest alumni homecoming today through Sunday.

ERAU, the City of Prescott, and local aviation businesses and organizations all will commemorate the centennial of flight at the Prescott Air Fair 2003, which they will conduct from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Love Field.

The Experimental Aircraft Association will display its half-scale model of the airplane the Wright brothers flew in 1903 at Kitty Hawk, N.C., and many ERAU alumni will return to their alma mater in military jets and heli-copters.

The air fair will feature a static display of the Commemorative Air Force's B-17 "Sentimental Journey," a Lockheed Super Constellation, a DC-3, a Ford Tri-Motor, a variety of helicopters and many others.

The Red Tail Projects' P-51 Mustang will be on display as part of an educational program to honor the heroism of the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II. The Tuskegee Experi-ment was an Army Air Corps program that trained African Americans to fly and maintain combat air-craft.

Also at the air fair, keynote speaker Scott Crossfield will present a program at 2 p.m. at Love Field titled "Onward and Upward," about research planes and the people who fly them.