Huge aircraft show lands in Groton

GROTON, Conn. (WTNH)–A busy weekend on the runways at Groton-New London Airport.

As many as 500 planes are landing at the airport this weekend with 60 on display including a Grumman HU-16 Albatross which was restored by pilot Tom Casey.

“I wanted to make something that was livable, charming, fun, and had a zen about it,” said Casey.

The plane was built for open ocean search and rescue in 1947.

“This is the largest of the flying boat series,” said Casey.

It will be featured in a film documenting its history and more.

“There’s all kinds of great remnants of the art deco that we’re incorporating into the film and aesthetically it’s beautiful,” said Dirk Braun, the producer for FlyingBoatFilm.com.

People can tour that plane and others at the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association aircraft show. One of only four so-called fly-ins around the country.

“We’ll have probably in the neighborhood of between three thousand and four thousand people coming into the area. Going out and spending hotel nights and going out to restaurants,” said Tom Haines, Senior Vice President of Media & Outreach with the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association.

Midway Pizza on Route 1 in Groton expects a busy weekend.

“I see all the time. Each time there’s visitors here they come here too,” said Jimmy Lenoudias who owns Midway Pizza.

But there could also be traffic delays. Police advise folks to avoid these roads.

– North Road
– Newtown Road
– Fort Hill Road
– Poquonnock Road
– South Road
– Runway Lane
– Tower Avenue
– High Rock Road
– Long Hill Road

The fly-in features displays and workshops for aircraft enthusiasts, owners, and wanna be owners.

“They’re shopping for airplanes just like you’re shopping for cars,” said Haines.

The aircraft show will be at the airport through the weekend.

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