Black Pilots of America will return to Pine Bluff during “Operation Skyhook” at Pine Bluff Regional Airport Grider Field.

Their Memorial Day Fly-In project will be held Thursday through Monday, May 25-29.

“Member chapters arrive for several days of fun, aviation comradery and serious flying competition,” a spokesman said in a news release. “The majority of competitors own their aircraft and take great pride in showing off their most prized possession.”

“Operation Skyhook” attracts many spectators from the surrounding area, and Black Pilots of America members volunteer to give airplane rides – “Young Eagle flights” – to hundreds of youth, the spokesman said.

The event concludes with an awards banquet where trophies are awarded to the members who have demonstrated superior flying skills as well as the chapter with the highest accumulated points.

“There is also an individual ‘Top Gun Award’ for the supreme pilot accumulating the highest number of points. It is a fun time for our members and all in attendance,” the spokesman said.

Details: or Ken Johnson, 870-534-4131.