Barnstormer Brutus has found a home.

Barnstormer Brutus has found a home.

The approximately 6-foot, 2-inch, 150-pound fiberglass statue of the Ohio State University mascot standing on a 2,000-pound concrete base will be on display during the Ohio State University Airport Open House Sept. 17.

The revived event, now in its second year after being discontinued during a period of uncertainty about the facility's future, is scheduled to run from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The airport, also called Don Scott Field, is located at 2140 W. Case Road on the Northwest Side.

The event begins with the Don Scott Trot, a five-kilometer race on the runway, with proceeds going to benefit Lifeline Pilots, an organization that provides free transportation for people with medical needs.

"The open house/5K provides a view of the airport that is not regularly accessible to the general public," Airport Director Doug Hammon said in a statement last week.

"This is our way to thank the surrounding community for their continued support," Hammon said.

"We want to invite the public to come and learn more about what the OSU Airport does in a fun atmosphere," said Cindy Overly, recruitment and outreach coordinator at the Ohio State University.

Admission to the open house is free, although there are charges for some of the offerings such as a pancake breakfast, hot-air balloon and biplane rides as well as the fare offered from a variety of food trucks, Overly said.

There will also be exhibits and booths from student organizations and other departments in the OSU College of Engineering, which oversees operations of the facility, she said. Activities for children include flight simulator lessons and displays of vintage airplanes.

And, Barnstormer Brutus, one of 39 statutes of the mascot decorated by various groups as part of a 2008 fundraiser for the renovation of the William Oxley Thompson Memorial Library, will be displayed.

"We didn't have it, but we wanted it and we'll be unveiling it at the open house," Overly said of Barnstormer Brutus.

Once the open house is concluded, the statue will be housed temporarily in the flight school, she said.

The statue's permanent location will be in a new terminal that will be paid for out of a $10 million grant the airport received from the Austin E. Knowlton Foundation, Overly said.

Planning for the open house takes quite a bit of time, Overly said. "We start a year ahead of time."

That includes lots of negotiating with the Federal Aviation Administration officials over closing the runway for the Don Scott Trot, "Which is not easy," Overly said.

"I think it's going well," said Delsi Winn, a student majoring in aviation and logistics at the Fisher College of Business. Winn is also helping with marketing for the Sept. 17 event.

"Last year was the first time in five years, Winn said.

"This year we're definitely building on that. We definitely have a huge community outreach. Lots of people come from the community, families and groups.

"This year we're really focusing on getting students to come," Winn said. "We just want everyone to be included."

Among organizations that will be represented at the open house are the Northwest Civic Association and the Tuskegee Airmen Inc. Ohio Memorial Chapter.

"Our members are dedicated to promoting their legacy and rightful place in Ohio (and) American history," Capt. John C. Mitchell, president of the chapter, wrote in an email. "We are pleased to partner with the Ohio State University in promoting their aviation program on behalf of students will to reach beyond expectations."

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