Zenith Aircraft Company

Saturday, August 19, 2006
Mexico Memorial Airport, Mexico, Missouri

A few scenes from 2006:

Open Hangar Day 2006

Despite poor weather that kept many builders from flying in, Zenith's 15th annual Open Hangar Day was a great success with record attendance.
Open Hangar Day 2006

Open Hangar Day 2006

STOL CH 801 at the Open Hangar Day

Wing construction demonstrations

Wing construction demonstrations

Demonstrations of the CNC router

Demonstrations of the CNC router.

building the firewall bulkhead

Hands-on demonstration of building the firewall bulkhead.

Quick Build Kit Assembly

Flight Crafters / Zenith Distributing was on hand with a Zodiac XL Kit
Mexico Elks Military Appreciation Day Air Show The first-ever Mexico Elks Military Appreciation Day Air Show was a great success.

Open Hangar Day

Zenith Aircraft Company's 15th annual OPEN HANGAR day was held on Saturday, August 19, 2006, at Mexico Memorial Airport in Missouri. 

Zenith Open Hangar Day (2005 photo)

The 20,000 sq.ft. Zenith Aircraft kit production facilities were open to the public for factory tours and Zenith's factory-demonstrator kit aircraft will be on display. The company's new 12-foot CNC router was busy producing parts and factory staff was on hand to demonstrate light aircraft manufacturing techniques.  A Zodiac XL kit was also on display. 

Inside the Zenith factoryOne the same day, at the same airport, Mexico hosted its first-ever Mexico Elks Military Appreciation Day Airshow, featuring performers from Dave Dacy Airshows. The airshow started at 12:30 pm.  

More than 500 aviation enthusiasts visited last year’s Open Hangar day, and numerous aircraft flew in from across the Midwest to attend the annual event, including antique and other kit aircraft designs. For more information on attending the Open House call Zenith Aircraft at (573) 581-9000 or the Mexico Memorial Airport at (573) 581-0162.

Because of the airshow, demo flights will be limited.  
Pilots: Note that the airport will closed to traffic during the airshow (probably between 12 and 3 pm).  Review the NOTAM before flying in.

Mexico Elks AIRSHOW


Mexico Elks Military Appreciation Day
Air Show

Schedule of Events

Saturday, August 19, 2006
Mexico Memorial Airport

Admission $3, 12 & under free

Static Displays:  

  • WWII Aircraft
  • Rusty Wallace’s racecar will be on display
  • German WWI Fokker  E-IV Airplane
  • 1931 Great Lakes Bi-Plane completely restored by E.B. Feutz
  • Air Evac Helicopter
  • Military Humvees by MO National Guard
  • Military Bradley by MO National Guard
  • Blackhawk Helicopter from the MO National Guard take off around 3:30
  • Various WWI Vehicles
  • Classic Cars
  • Zenith Aircraft factory demo airplanes.

Planned Events:

  • 8:00 am - Tim Jesse – flying in and landing his wingless, powered parachute flying machine.
  • 8 am – Dr. Robert Searfoss & Charles Kehl w/ their club from Mexico will be displaying classic model airplanes.
  • 8:30 am – C-47, Blackhawk and Apache Helicopter will arrive for display.
  • 9 am – Dawn Patrol – WWI airplanes out of Kansas City – will do some flying formations, smoke trails, etc.
  • 10am-12pm – the Echoes – local musical group will be playing music from the 40, 50, 60.
  • 12:15 –Prayer of thanksgiving by Rev Randy Sawyer
  • 12:20 - Doug Bebrick from Skydive Rolla will parachute in with a US Flag during the National Anthem sung by Frances Chrisman.
  • 12:30-2:00 pm – Dave Dacy Air Show (main attraction) – four aircraft overhead salute, Dave Dacy flying a Super Stearman Solo, Joe Dooley flying a Pitts SIS, Clyde Zellers doing Navy Aerobatics & Jim Maroney flying a Super Chipmunk. The finale will be Dave Dacy flying and Tony Kazian wing walking.
  • Light aircraft from all over the country arriving all day for the Zenith open house and air show.
  • The Zenith Aircraft Co. factory will be open from 8 am - 3 pm.

Other Activities

  • All Day (except during air show): Airplane rides in Cessna @ a cost of $25/person & Bell 47 helicopter giving rides at $35 per person.
  • Bounce houses for the children at a cost of $3 for all day
  • Drug Awareness Trailer
  • Blue Angel F-4 Phantom Cockpit for Dream Photos for a $10 fee.

Note: Schedule, prices and events subject to change.


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Zenith Aircraft Company
Mexico Memorial Airport, PO Box 650
Mexico, Missouri, 65265-0650 USA.
Tel: 573-581-9000 (Mon - Fri, 8-5 Central),
Fax: 573-581-0011
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