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Creating Memories for Youngsters, One Chocolate Bar at a Time - First in Flight Festival Set for Nov. 1 in Elizabeth City



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Legendary 1940s “Candy Bomber” Aircraft to Return
to Elizabeth City for First in Flight Festival

AEDC Logo(Elizabeth City, N.C., Nov. 1, 2014) – Introducing students to a career in the aviation industry was the premise behind Elizabeth City’s First in Flight Festival when it took wing five years ago in in 2008. Today, the event is still going strong, and young festival-goers can expect to tour aircraft exhibits, peek inside a C-130 and take a free airplane ride when the festival opens Nov. 1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Elizabeth City Regional Airport.

But the real memory maker, according to festival organizer Dion Viventi, is when the Spirit of Freedom, a restored 1945 Douglas C-54, drops chocolate bars on tiny parachutes to the youngsters waiting below.

Bombs away: 250 watch candy drop as children learn about Berlin Airlift

Daily Advance Staff Writer

Kids runningA crowd estimated at more than 250 turned out at the Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Regional Airport Saturday for a “candy drop” commemorating the Berlin Airlift at the end of World War II.

As kids waited for the plane to take off and pass overhead — dropping chocolate bars on parachutes — parents and grandparents had their hands full keeping the kids on the white concrete area where they had been instructed to wait. [See a YouTube video of the Candy Drop!]