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Parade of Planes aircraft gathering at Palm Springs InternationalParade of Planes aircraft gathering at Palm Springs International

The first of more than 75 aircraft have begun arriving at Palm Springs International Airport for tomorrow's Parade of Planes. The spectacular nose-to-tail procession begins at 2 p.m. PDT and travels from the airport, through the streets of Palm Springs, to AOPA Expo 2002 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

The AOPA Centennial of Flight Sweepstakes Waco UPF-7 was to have led the parade. However, because the aircraft was not able to make its first flight before this past weekend, the only prudent decision was to send a substitute Waco while your sweepstakes aircraft undergoes scrupulous flight testing.

The convention kicks off Thursday morning at 9 a.m. with new FAA Administrator Marion Blakey addressing the opening General Session. It is her first address as administrator to a general aviation audience.

Highlights include 80 seminars, an exhibition hall with more than 500 exhibits, and a static display area with up to 80 aircraft to dream about.

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