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Aviation celebrated in Quad Cities

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

(Quad Cities) From May 12 through June 30, the Quad Cities celebrates flight with a community-wide partnership that will take you on a fun, educational and history-filled aviation adventure with exhibits, an IMAX film, an exciting air show, and a chance to win a $500 AirTran Airways Travel Voucher. 

"Pioneers of Aviation: From Franing Field to the Quad City International Airport" at Quad City Arts @ the Airport Gallery (May 12 - June 30). 2200 69th Ave., Moline, IL. (309)764-9621 www.quadcityarts.com

This free exhibit, located inside the Quad City International Airport, showcases the history of aviation in the Quad Cities through photographs reproduced from the archives of the Quad City International Airport. Many of the photos originated from the photographic journals of Pat Miller and Gabe Mosenfelder, two local legends whose families donated their scrapbooks to the airport collection.  The photos were selected, reproduced, and prepared by local businessman and Quad City Arts volunteer, Chris Rayburn.

Legends of Flight 3D IMAX Film and "Take Flight: Aviation, Up-close and Personal" Exhibit at Putnam Museum & IMAX Theatre (Opens June 18). 1717 West 12th Street, Davenport, IA. (563) 324-1054 www.putnam.org

Explore the world of aviation at the Putnam Museum & IMAX Theatre!  Opening June 18, the brand new IMAX film Legends of Flight 3D puts viewers in the cockpit of this action-packed adventure and explores the trials and errors of the first 100+ years of flight.

Then dive into the rich, local history of aviation with the exhibit Take Flight: Aviation Up-close and Personal.  From the Davenport Aviation School to the Velie Monocoupe, visitors will experience the principles of flight via simulators and interactive displays. Discover how planes are built when local Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) chapters build various parts of a plane in the exhibit hall. 

The Museum's Exhibit Halls are open 10am-5pm Monday-Saturday; and noon-5pm Sunday. Go to www.putnam.org for more information and IMAX movie showtimes.

24th Annual Quad City Air Show (June 26-27). Davenport Municipal Airport, 9010 Harrison Street, Davenport, IA. 563-285-7469 www.quadcityairshow.com

This aviation spectacular is considered one of the top-three air shows in the country. This year, the Quad City Air Show celebrates its 24th show with a salute all veterans. The Quad City Air Show is world renowned for featuring the very best in aerial entertainment and includes classic warbirds, high power military demonstrations, and some of the best and most dynamic ground displays. In addition, visitors to the air show can enjoy over 200 vendor booths. The Quad City Air Show hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

There's also a prize at the end of this aviation adventure.   Those who visit three of six participating venues by June 30th will be eligible to win a $500 AirTran Airways gift certificate, courtesy of the Quad City International Airport. Simply pick up a Punch Card/entry form at any one of these participating venues:

•Quad City International Airport, Visitor Services desk, 2200 69th Ave., Moline, IL.

•Putnam Museum & IMAX Theater, 1717 W. 12th Street, Davenport, IA.

•Quad City Arts, 1715 2nd Avenue, Rock Island, IL. 

•Union Station Visitor Center, 102 S. Harrison Street, Davenport, IA.

•Quad Cities Gifts & Souvenirs, 1601 River Drive, Suite 110, Moline, IL.

•Mississippi Valley Welcome Center, 900 Eagle Ridge Road, LeClaire, IA.

While punch cards will not be validated at the Quad City Air Show, air show ticket holders can show their tickets at all other listed venues to receive their punch. When three punches have been collected, participants may drop entries into the entry boxes located at any of the above participating venues for inclusion in the drawing. All punch cards must be dropped in an entry box by July 2, 2010, to be eligible. The drawing will take place on July 9, 2010. For more information go to www.quadcityarts.com, www.visitquadcities.com, www.putnam.org, www.qcairport.com, or www.quadcityairshow.com and look for the special aviation link.

For more information on the Quad Cities area and other great things to do, call the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-747-7800 or visit www.visitquadcities.com. 

The Quad Cities is located on the Mississippi River and is made up of the riverfront cities of Davenport and Bettendorf in Iowa, and Moline/East Moline and Rock Island in Illinois.  The area is just a 2-1/2 hour drive from Des Moines, Iowa and Chicago, Illinois, and easily accessible via I-80, I-74, I-88, several major state highways and the Quad City International Airport (MLI).

MEDIA CONTACT:  Charlotte Doehler-Morrison - Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau, 309-277-0937 ext. 105 or cdoehler@visitquadcities.com