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Coming this Saturday, Sep 11th - 12th Annual Rotors Over Mentone!

This year's "Rotors Over Mentone" Fly-In event will honor our First Responders and Frontline Workers (Fire and Police Departments, Emergency
Medical Services) and our Military. Our guest speaker will be Phil Smith.

Phil Smith is a 1979 graduate of Tippecanoe Valley High School and is the son of Carol Boyer of Mentone. He lives in Claypool with his wife Royal and has four children and nine grandchildren. He is a former U.S. Marine Corps combat correspondent and former daily newspaper editor who has won seven U.S. Marine Corps Combat Correspondents Awards, four U.S.M.C. Division of Public Affairs Merit Awards, The Department of Defense's Thomas Jefferson Award and 12 Hoosier State Press Association Awards. He is also a second place winner nationally in the annual column-writing competition from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, humor category. Smith has a bachelor's degree in Marketing from Colorado State University.

Helicopter rides will be offered by American Huey 369 (with membership) and by Cleveland Helicopter Services.

Weather permitting, hopefully both Lutheran Air and Parkview Samaritan hospital helicopters will fly in for the event as well as other helicopters.
Radio Station WIOE, Oldies 101.1 FM plans to be at the museum and will be broadcasting Live.

This event will be held on Saturday, Sep 11th at the Lawrence D. Bell Aircraft Museum, 210 S. Oak St, Mentone IN.
Admission and parking are free.

Schedule of Events (as of 2 Sep 2021):
09:30 Begin arrival of helicopters
10:00 Morning Helicopter Rides (Cleveland Helicopter Service) until 11 am, Food Tent opens until event closes
11:00 Program
- Welcome - Tim Croy, Museum President
- Invocation - Rod Utter, Cornerstone Church (tentative)
- Placing of Colors - Warsaw American Legion Post 49 Color Guard
- National Anthem - Band Members of Tippecanoe Valley High School
- Recognition of "Our Heroes" in the Audience
- Introduction of Guest Speaker - Tim Croy
- Event Speaker - Phil Smith
- Closing Remarks - Tim Croy
12:00 - Helicopter rides resume until close (American Huey 369, Cleveland Helicopter Service)

Fly-In Note:
For helicopter pilots that fly in for the event, call sign is: "Bell Operations". Monitor Frequency is 123.025.

Food Tent Menu Items & Prices (as of 28 Aug 2021):
Hamburger $3.00
Cheeseburger $3.25
Pulled Pork $3.00
Brat $3.00
Hot Dog $1.50
Cup of Grilled Peppers & Onions $.50
Chips $.75
Potato Salad $.50
Igloo Ice Cream $4.00
Coffee or Drinks $1.00

For additional information, please contact Marsha at or by phone at 574-328-2034.
More updates to follow!

Please note:
Our event will observe all Indiana state health department regulations pertaining to social distancing. We encourage our visitors to do the same.

Below is a recent article on our upcoming event from the Warsaw's Times-Union newspaper.