Talkeetna Fly In

One of the most unique aviation events in America takes place the third weekend in May every year in Talkeetna, as the Talkeetna Fly In (formerly the Hudson Memorial Fly In) brings together pilots, aviation enthusiasts and the entire community. It is sponsored by the Alaska Airmen Association each year.

Talkeetna has long been an aviation hub in Alaska, and this event honors the pioneers of the area, including the Hudson family, Don Sheldon, Rob Holt and Francis Twigg. Talkeetna is where climbers from around the world convene to fly onto Denali, and the community is filled with legendary Bush pilots. The event honors their historical contributions to the aviation industry, and also encourages future generations of pilots to follow in their footsteps.

Pilots from around Alaska fly into the community throughout the weekend, with many camping in tents beside their planes. It's not unheard of to have more than 100 airplanes parked at the airport for the event. Throughout the two days, there are competitions including a scavenger hunt (pilots fly around the Southcentral Alaska picking up clues at predetermined locations), demonstrations, film screenings and more. 

While the event focuses on aviation, it really is a community celebration at its heart. There are events going on for kids, including a community scavenger hunt and a balsa airplane toss. There are also raffles, booths and a silent auction. 

One of the highlights of the entire weekend is the Missing Man Formation flight. This flight over the Talkeetna Airport honors fallen aviators. A formation of pilots approaches the airport before one veers off, creating a lasting and emotional tribute.

The 2018 Talkeetna Fly In is set for May 18-20.

Here are some visitor photos from past events.