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Breakfast Fly-in


Breakfast Fly-in


Adair County Free Press




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What was first thought to be a photo of a 1940's flying school womewhere in Adiair Couty turns out have been a breakfast fly-in breakfast held a the Harry Buckmiller famr 1/2k mile east of Orient. At that time Mary & Joe Huddleson lived in house across the road. This particular photo shows an airplane and a group of people of several ages lined up. Turns out, it was printed in the Nov. 1, 1945, edition of the Adair Country Free Press. The outline on the photo just says, "group of fliers and their wives with Orient Boy Scouts pose in front of Taylorcraft, Owned by Harry Slezak [extreme left]

Eugene Buckmiller took a copy of this photo around Orient looking for Identification. Here are the names he came up with. Front row {from right} Sara Johnson {Paul Johnson's daughter}, Vernon Clemons, Dallas Purdy, Med=lvin Fulton, Jim Hartman, Jim Buchanan, and wayne or Harry Johnson. Middle row; unknown, Lou Johnson {Paul Johnson's Wife, unknown, Gene Buckmiller, Charles Frederick, Roert Buchnan, Donnie Inlow, and Tom Purdy. Back row, Harold Killion, unknown, unknown, Bill Frederick, Roy Slezak, Bob Lilly, unknown, George Nelson, Harry Buckmiller {Eugene's dad}, Dale Killion, Harry Slezak.

This was the first breakfast fly-in. There ware 12 privately-owned airplanes, eight owned by loacal farmers, that landed east of Orient for breakfast at the Rayold Breakenridge home. The flowing Boy Scouts helped park planes after thaty landed. Vernon Clemons, Dallas Purdy Melvin Fulson,Jim Hartman, Jim Buchanan, Wyhe or Harry Johnson, Eugene Buckmiller, Charles Frederick, Robert Buchanan, Donnie Inlow, Tom Purdy. Helping in the Breakenridge kitchen were Mrs. George Nelson, Mrs. Roy Slezak, Barbara Jean Slezak, Delores Inlow, Twila Mulhern and Mrs. Raynold Breakenridge.

There was another flight breakfast in 1946 with 22 planes landing on the Orient air strip that was located on the Bert Johnson farm northeast of Orient. This time the breakfast was preapred and served at the Orient Legion post under the supervision of Mose Ray as chef. HarrySlezak and Raynond Breakenridge supervised the event.