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The Annual Celebration at the International Forest of Friendship

Sept 20-21, 2019 -- Atchison, KS

Sep 20 

  • 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 p.m. – Trolley tours of Atchison
  • 5:00 p.m. – Friday evening Cocktail Party at the Amelia Earhart (AE) Birthplace Museum, 223 N. Terrace St, Atchison, KS 66002.
    2 tickets for the bar for each registration.  Pick-up from hotels at 5:00 p.m., return trolley at 8:00 p.m.

Sep 21 - Those wishing to go at different times are free to make their own travel arrangements

  •   8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Girls in Aviation Day—AE Airport
  •   8:00 a.m. – Fly-In, Breakfast; Atchison Boys and Girls Club Breakfast
  • 10:00 a.m.  –  Trolley tour of Atchison from depot, if desired12:00 p.m. – Trolley transport for Honorees and their families to Elizabeth's, 121 N. 5th St., Atchison, for International Forest of Friendship lunch
  • 12:30 p.m. – Lunch at Elizabeth's, with presentations by TBD
  • 1:30-2:45 p.m. – Registration for Flag Carriers at Forest. Children’s activities available
  • 2:30 p.m. – Trolley transport for Honorees to Int’l Forest of Friendship for the celebration and induction ceremony
  • 2:45 p.m.  – Parade of Flags at Forest
  • 3:00 p.m.  –  Induction ceremonies at the Forest
  • 4:15 p.m.  – Trolley transport back to hotels
  • 5:30 p.m. – Trolley transport from hotels to the AE airport returning 8:30 p.m.; tours of “Muriel”
  • 6:00 p.m. – Dinner and Hangar Dance at AE Airport; dance lesson and cash bar
  • 6:30 p.m. – Music from Atchison Jazz Express
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The International Forest of Friendship (IFOF) will hold its 43rd anniversary induction ceremony on the fourth weekend in September as part of the Aviation Weekend in Atchison, Kansas, in conjunction with the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum, the Amelia Earhart Airport, and the Amelia Airport Hangar.
The 2019 theme for the IFOF Induction Ceremony will be “Apollo ,” emphasizing space exploration, etc. Please see the schedule below for more details about the weekend's events!


2019 Schedule of Events - Aviation Weekend in Atchison

Arrival Information


If your arrival plans include flying into the Amelia Earhart Airport in Atchison, Kansas, please contact us so that we may make arrangements for your transportation to your lodging. Transportation will be provided at no cost from the Atchison Amelia Earhart Airport. Flight plan arrival times will be monitored.

Kansas City International (MCI) Airport pick-up service is available by contacting Rick’s Airport Express at 1-800-331-6796 or 913-651-4649. 

Discovery through Flight

Honoring those who have “pushed the envelope”

in all aspects of aviation and aerospace.

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Honor an aviator by inducting them into the International Forest of Friendship. 

Click here to learn more about sponsoring a nominee.

Click here to view honorees that have already been inducted into the Forest.

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