Families turned out in flocks for the annual Fly for Tots last Saturday, hosted by the Thomaston-Upson Airport and the pilots that base their planes there. In exchange for a cash donation or a toy, which go to the Upson County Empty Stocking Fund, people had a chance to take a short flight around Upson County. A crowd waits outside the terminal for their flights.
Pilot Bill Kinard (right) of Meansville stands with a group of kids he took for a ride in his 1949 Cessna 195. Pilots at the airport flew a total of 106 flights for Fly for Tots Saturday, donating the cost of fuel and their planes for the fund raiser.
Pilot Rick Ward (right) of Griffin stands with William Ethridge of Yatesville and his granddaughters Josie and Sarah following their flight in Ward’s 1952 Cessna 195. This is Ward’s first year participating in Fly for Tots, and said he loved doing it.
Airport Manager and Pilot Mitch Ellerbee (left) stands with Kenny Raybon and his sons Rilee and Jaxson following heir flight. Ellerbee said more than $2,500 in cash donations and more than 200 toys were donated during this year’s Fly for Tots.