Hangar Dance

Swing dancers enjoy the  annual Rochester Hangar Dance to support Veterans and Emergency Services Museum efforts. 

You can fly a plane at Saturday's Rochester Hangar Dance, but it won't get off the ground.

A flight simulator normally used to train pilots will be available during the annual dance, which raises funds for the Veterans & Emergency Services Museum. The dance, held at the Signature Flight Support Hangar at Rochester International Airport, is modeled on dances held at U.S. military bases during World War II.

Period costumes are welcome — in fact, there's a costume contest — and the evening includes swing dancing, military hardware, food, drink and the flight simulator.

"I would imagine there will be a long line of people for that," Richard Krom, one of the dance organizers, said of the flight simulator.

"A pilot will get in there with you," Krom said. "That thing will do everything an airplane will do. I don't think you can crash it."

The simulator is from Great Planes Aviation, a Rochester-based flight school. A turn in the simulator at the dance will cost $10. Proceeds will go to the museum fund.

Flights in an actual World War II-era plane will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday when four vintage planes are parked at the airport. The most eye-catching will be a B-25 bomber that flew 130 missions in North Africa and Italy during the war. A ride on the historic plane is available for $450.

Also at the airport and available for rides will be a BT-13 Valiant trainer, a Stinson L-5 Sentinel scout plane, and a North American SNJ Texan trainer. The cost of rides varies from $125 to $395.

Doors to the hangar dance open at 5 p.m., with swing dance lessons at 5:30 p.m., opening ceremonies at 6:30 p.m. and dancing starting at 7 p.m. The grand march and costume competition is at 8 p.m.

Krom said about one-third of those attending the dance come in 1940s costumes.

Music is by the Caledonian Pipe Band and Generation II Big Band.

"It's a good community event," Krom said. "It's a fun time in a relaxed atmosphere."

This is the sixth annual Rochester Hangar Dance. The dance was founded by the late Tom Hosier and his wife, Jan. 

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Tom covers primarily arts and entertainment for the Post Bulletin and 507 Magazine. He also often writes feature stories about local history. He is a native of Milwaukee, WI, and enjoys reading and traveling.