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Passengers treated to soaring views at Cortez fly-in

The first ever Four Corners Fly-In took place in Cortez Saturday.
The first fly-in in Cortez took place Saturday and promised visitors the chance to experience the area from a different perspective

About 10 minutes in the air, feeling as tall as the mountains.

That’s what passengers in chartered sightseeing flights experienced Saturday in Cortez, when a pilot took five passengers at a time alongside Mesa Verde National Park.

Sightseeing flights were offered in this plane.

The sightseeing flights were part of the first-ever Four Corners Fall Fly-In, which took place at the Cortez Municipal Airport Saturday — an event hosted by the airport and the Cortez Flying Service.

A Journal reporter went up in a plane that looped around the airport in a circle.

People who signed up but weren’t able to make it on a flight Saturday have been scheduled to soar next Saturday.

Classic cars lined the runway, along with vendors and groups of people gathering to take in other event offerings like door prizes and appearances from local law enforcement and classic air ambulance service providers.

Visitors also were able to dive into the history of the airport in the terminal — which includes “The Miracle at Cortez,” when a Lockheed U-2 spy plane made an emergency landing at the airport. Also at the airport, a single-engine aircraft traveled around the world, taking off and landing at the Cortez Municipal Airport.

Four Corners Fly-In