Small town takeoff!

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Ryan Maher waves to a departing plane during the Isabel airport’s fly-in day on Sunday.

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Barrett and Preston Macijewski sit in Ryan Maher’s 1960s aircraft during the Isabel fly-in day.

Isabel’s rural runway hosts fly-in day

Most of the time, one plane landing at or taking off from Isabel’s rustic airport counts as a busy day for the grass strip runway. That made Sunday, when a fly-in organized by two local pilots saw aircraft from all over the state arrive for a breakfast social, an extraordinary affair.

Ryan Maher and Cody Jewett put on the event, serving pancakes and sausage to those who flew in and to locals who came to observe. Maher said they put the word out locally and through the South Dakota Pilots Association. Fly- in days are a common event for the SDPA membership and many keep a list of airports to “check off their list.”

Planes of various makes and models (and one helicopter) arrived throughout the morning from points of origin including Belle Fourche, Spearfish, Onida, De Smet and Redfield. Several carloads of locals arrived as well.



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