Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Flying at the Falcon's Nest; Amelia Island: Aviation Is Night Club's Theme

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Flying at the Falcon's Nest; Amelia Island: Aviation Is Night Club's Theme

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Byline: Alison Trinidad, Nassau Neighbors staff writer

As Olin Lancaster examined his framed photograph on the barroom wall, it was clear that half a century hadn't changed his smile or the gleam in his eye.

Pictured standing in front of an anti-submarine aircraft that he flew for the U.S. Navy in the 1950s, Lancaster reminisced with his wife and friends about his flying days.

Across the room, Adele Dalton beamed at a black-and-white photo of her husband, a Navy pilot assigned to a fighter squadron aboard the USS Saratoga in World War II. Years after the war, he was killed on a routine flight from Washington, D.C., to Pennsylvania.

"I was very proud of him," Dalton said. "It's like walking down memory lane."

For Lancaster, Dalton and many other Amelia Island residents, memories -- not just pictures -- hang on the walls of Amelia Island's newest night spot. And that, the owners say, is what makes the place a true tribute to the island's residents and a celebration of civil and military aviation.

The Falcon's Nest at the Amelia Island Plantation Spa & Shops opened this week with aviation memorabilia from Nassau County residents and their families on display. Besides a full-service bar and a spacious dance floor, artifacts from old "War Birds" and icons of modern-day flight take patrons through the eras of aviation. Remote control aircraft hover from the ceiling, and restored portions of planes jut from the walls, including the fuselage of a Cessna 310B, a replica of the plane flown by "America's Favorite Flying Cowboy" on the 1950s TV series Sky King.

Residents can enjoy seeing their neighbors' aviation photographs and military awards while eating or listening to live and recorded music. The two-story building offers pool tables, pinball and indoor and outdoor seating in cushy armchairs or on standard bar stools.

Lancaster looks forward to "flying by" the Falcon's Nest when he's craving something light to eat or to meet up with friends and family.

"They've done a wonderful job here," he said. "I think it'll be very successful."

Local fame will be icing on the cake, he said.

Dalton said she doubted many people knew about her family ties to flying. …

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