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Pilots unite at Martin Field Airport to honor Tommy Martin

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If you were in South Sioux City, Nebraska Sunday morning and heard lots of noise outside, it was probably airplanes circling overhead.

About 50 planes flew into the Martin Airfield for the annual fly-in.

The event is held to honor Tommy Martin and his contributions to flying in the area.

Martin's son, Gene, said the fly-in started as a surprise 80th birthday party for his dad, Tommy, in 1979.

Gene said his dad loved all things related to flying.

"Dad would drop everything to go flying, to give a lesson. This is all in his honor," Gene Martin said.

Most of the pilots who flew in for the event were from around the area and have a personal connection to the Martin family.

They said it's a great way to reconnect with old friends and re-live memories.

"I think it's just an excuse to meet and talk to other pilots, the camaraderie I guess," Tom Stranik, of Morse Bluff, NE, said.

"So, a lot of the old timers around here, my age and older, certainly learned how to fly here and have enjoyed coming. It's like going back home," Gene Murray, of Marcus, IA, said.

Murray said his plane is a replica of a plane from 1947.

And, he said most of the planes at the fly-in were built at least 30 years ago.

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