Airport plans for more people than normal during eclipse
CALLAWAY COUNTY - While many people are preparing to look into the sky for the eclipse Monday, one airport is preparing for people with a different view.
Miles Wade met with his group in Clinton Sunday to practice their formation while skydiving. At noon the day of the eclipse, the group plans to meet at the Elton Henley Memorial Airport. From there, they will plan to skydive in a 12-man circle and take a picture from the ground with the eclipse in the middle.
However, Wade and his group probably will not be the only people at the airport.
“We don’t have any scheduled activities out here tomorrow. However, Jefferson City is expecting 75 airplanes and Columbia I’m sure is expecting a few, so I expect to see some overflow here,” David Hollabaugh said.
Hollabaugh is the treasurer for the Kingdom Pilot’s Association. He has his own plane at the Elton Henley Memorial Airport, as well as a pilot’s license. He was out at the airport Sunday, refilling the soda machine for the people he expects could arrive Monday.
He said on a normal day, it would not be uncommon to arrive at the airport and be the only one there.
“It varies, but frequently you’ll come out here to fly and you’ll find yourself being the only person flying,” Hollabaugh said. “Other times, you may have company.”
Wade and his group will meet at the airport at noon Monday to prepare their skydive.