Plans for Dorr Field pilots' reunion takeoff
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Johnny Dorr with his Stearman
Johnny Dorr with his Stearman
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Organizers have been busy preparing for the upcoming Dorr Field Pilots' Reunion, to be held Oct. 26-27 at Dorr Field in Merigold, across from Hayes Cooper Center.

Merigold's Dorr Field was the home field of legendary pilot Johnny Dorr.

For decades, Dorr, a noted instructor and contributor to aviation, operated a flight school at the field, influencing many pilots throughout the Delta and the world.

Dorr himself was a WWII veteran, serving in the Eastern Air Command Wing of the U.S. Air Corps. He was a military flight instructor and a military aerobatics/high-performance aircraft instructor.

Dorr was born in Hvattsville, Md., on Oct. 29, 1914

He started flying in 1932 taking his training at College Park, Congressional and Queens Chapel airports. He received his private pilots license on Sept. 27, 1928 and his commercial liscense on Sept. 25, 1939.

He gained his flying experience in aerobatics in what was in those days referred to as Barnstorming.

From October 4, 1941 to June 1945, he was flight instructor (aerobatics) and squadron commander with the Eastern Air Training Command, Caristom Field, Arcadia, Fla.

The Stearman was the primary trainer. It was the primary training aircraft that pilots learned to fly in prior to and during WWII.

Activities for the Dorr Field reunion are expected to begin at noon on Oct. 26 with a luncheon. Deadline to register for the luncheon is Oct. 1.

Later that evening there will be a hospitality event from 6-10 p.m.

The flying begins at 10 a.m. Oct. 27 with a candy drop for children.

The airport will be open to public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to view the planes

For more information or to register, contact Gerri Logan at P. O. Box 1567, Cleveland, MS 38732; dorrgerrilogan@yahoo.com; 803-413-7392

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