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Sept 21-22, 2018

The Annual Celebration at the International Forest of Friendship

Sep 21st 

  • 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 p.m. – Trolley tours of Atchison
  • 5:30 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 22nd

  • 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Girls in Aviation Day—AE Airport
    • 8:00 a.m. –  Fly-In, Breakfast
    • 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Atchison Boys and Girls Club Breakfast
    • 8:30 a.m. –  Trolley pickup at hotels to AE Airport
    • 9:00 a.m.  – Ground Breaking for New Amelia Earhart Terminal/Hangar, future home of the Amelia Earhart Hangar Museum
    • 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Tours of “Muriel”
    • 10:00 a.m.  –  Trolley tour of Atchison from depot, if desired
    • 11:30 a.m.  –  Trolley departs AE Airport for 10th and Main St.
  • Approximately 12:00 p.m. – Ribbon Cutting to Dedicate Statue to Bethany Root (“Root to Rise”), 10th and Main St. 
    Those driving can park in the Taco Bell or Atchison Chamber of Commerce Parking lots
  • 12:30 p.m. – Trolley transport to Atchison Event Center, 710 9th St., Atchison, KS 66002 for International Forest of Friendship lunch
  • 1:00 p.m. – Lunch at Atchison Event Center, with presentations by CAPT Sharifah Czarena, Royal Brunei Airlines; Ms. Cynthia Putnam;
    and keynote speaker: Lt. Gen (R) Bob Allardice, USAF
  • 2:30 p.m.  –  Trolley transport to the International Forest of Friendship for the celebration and induction ceremony
  • 1:30-2:45  – Registration for Flag Carriers at Forest. Children’s activities available
  • 2:45  – 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.  –  Tours of “Muriel”
  • 5:30 p.m.  – Dinner and Hangar Dance at AE Airport (included for honorees).  Others $10.00.
  • 5:30 p.m. –  Trolley transport from hotels to the AE airport returning 8:30
  • 6:00 p.m. – Dance lesson and cash bar
  • 6:30 p.m. – Music from Atchison Jazz Express
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Please stay tuned for hotel information.

The International Forest of Friendship (IFOF) will hold its 42nd 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 2018 theme for the IFOF Induction Ceremony will be “Security and Solace Through Flight,” emphasizing military aviators, organizations like Angel Flight, flying doctors, aerial delivery of medicines, etc. Please see the schedule below for more details about the weekend's events!

Atchison, KS


2018 Schedule of Events - Aviation Weekend in Atchison

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International Forest of Friendship

Security and Solace Through Flight

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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.

Click here to learn more about how to register and join in the celebration!

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.