Nick McWilliams reporting – The history of Harry Clever Airport will come alive, thanks to the local Experimental Aircraft Association chapter and the Tuscarawas County Library.

The two sides will host an event detailing the past of the county’s only public airport, along with teaching what flying and aviation is all about as a whole.

EAA Chapter 1077 member Terry Henry says that residents not only receive an informative night but can also see firsthand pieces of the airport’s history.

“We’ll go through the history, a little more in-depth. With photographs of Harry [Clever] and of aircraft, and things like that.”

Documents include photos from the earliest days of operation, along with a flight “report card” for John Glenn from 1941.

Henry adds there are also programs offered at other times, including some hands-on experience for area students interested in jumping into aviation.

“Our program is a nine-week course, and I hope to get kids to take the course. They get to go out on the 10th week and get hands-on control and get to actually fly an airplane. Flight day is unbelievable. These kids are walking about three feet off the ground.”

The Wright Flight program is limited to a small number of students and interested families are urged to sign-up as quickly as possible.

The history event is free to the public, and registration can be done on the library’s website, or at the airport.

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