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Barnstorming

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  • Barnstorming

    In the 1920s and 1930s, gypsy "barnstorming" pilots would set down their single-engine planes in a field and invite farmers, townspeople and children to experience flight for the first time. In 1999, modern-day barnstormers Andrew King and Frank Pavliga revived this tradition when they landed their antique airplanes on an eastern Indiana alfalfa field and treated the farmer's two sons to their first flights. The pilots returned year after year, each time bringing with them other pilots with their own vintage airplanes. Soon, it evolved into an annual event for the entire community, with neighbors dropping by the farm to see aerial maneuvers and to enjoy a picnic, dancing, late-night stories and camping. BARNSTORMING immerses viewers in this story as the pilots and the Dirksens prepare for the most exciting day of the year. [49 minutes]

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