CASA GRANDE, Ariz. -- I flew in formation with a beautiful vintage airplane as the Howard DGA headed down to the Copperstate Fly-In in Casa Grande.
The 1943 plane is one of only 39 still flying in the world and pilot Jeff Pino enjoys sharing stories of the airplanes history. It received its DGA moniker during prohibition when bootleggers had the plane reconfigured to carry loads of liquor. It was such a success at rum-running that they called it a "Damn Good Airplane," hence the DGA initials.
Casa Grande airport hosts the fly-in, where there are planes and helicopters on display, exhibits and great BBQ. You can buy a helicopter ride, talk to all the pilots and watch as they take off, land and perform flybys.
You can see everything from a huge B-25 warbird to the smallest single seat plane.
In its 41st year, this year’s fly-in wrapped up Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Casa Grande Municipal Airport in Casa Grande.