The Longmont Airport Expo 2009 was held on August 29, 2009 to honor Cole Kugel, who was instrumental in the founding of the airport, and to celebrate its aviation history.

Cole made his last flight at the age of 100. He was the oldest qualified pilot in the world, as documented in the 2001 Guinness Book of World Records.

The one-day fly-in event attracted many types of aircraft, ranging from antique to turbo-jets. It featured aircraft fly-bys and aerobatic demonstrations. A sky diving demonstration was also presented, and antique cars and motorcycles were exhibited.

Today, the Longmont airport , which is home to 14 businesses, provides a variety of aviation services ranging from flight training and skydiving to aircraft production, aircraft maintenance and aircraft charter service.

There are currently over 300 private and business aircraft based at the airport. The facility also provides a base for forestry fire fighting support, medical transportation, aerial mapping and surveying, law enforcement and infrastructure inspection.

Special thanks to Dick Bevington for his knowledgeable contribution to this story. He identified many of the aircraft and provided information about the planes and their pilots. Dick is a retired USAF Lt. Col., a retired UAL 747 Captain, a former NAFI master aerobatic instructor, and the chief pilot at Vance Brand Airport’s Air West.



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