Because of the Challenger’s small size, the average gas tank is around 10 gallons, which only allows around 150 miles of travel before requiring another fill. Planes that are flying into the 30-year celebration will take several days before arriving at the grassy field at the Erie Airpark.
To welcome them, Robinson has set up several food vendors selling a variety of choices, including barbecue pulled pork sandwiches, barbecue ribs, ice cream and an assortment of refreshments.
Although Robinson himself does offer rides in his Challenger airplane, the crafts that will be present on Saturday will only be for pleasure viewing. Some pilots will display some flying but the Challenger is not meant to be an acrobatic aircraft.
“At first it was promoted as an air show but it’s not an air show,” Robinson said. “It’s just going to be guys flying around, looking at planes and talking about planes. It’s more like a car show, but for airplanes.”