In the early fall of 1970, Seattle radio personality Lan Roberts and radio station KOL presented the Lan Roberts Sky Circus air show at the now-defunct Issaquah Skyport.
These rare vintage 8mm movies – from the Airailimages YouTube channel – captured the day, starting with a couple passes by radio-controlled model airplanes followed by full-size aerobatics by Mitch Meaney in a red Pitts Special biplane.
Throughout the day, a dog-suited character was besieged by the Red Baron, portrayed by area pilot Dave Gauthier in his scaled-down Fokker triplane replica.
Bob Bleeg made a quick fly-by in his blue and white P-51 Mustang, and sailplane displays highlighted a popular activity at the Skyport. Chuck Driskell’s act in a dilapidated-looking Aeronca was always a crowd-pleaser.
Step back in time to 1970 now…