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May 7, 2014

Flying High: AirSho returns Saturday

Corsicana — Vintage aircraft, airborne acrobats and pyrotechnic displays will fill the skies over Corsicana this weekend.

The 16th Annual Corsicana AirSho opens to the public at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at C. David Campbell Field at the Corsicana Airport.

The Coyote Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force will present an amazing lineup of vintage aircraft and performers in the show that has come to be called “The Best Little AirSho in Texas.”

With dozens of vintage military aircraft on display, and flights and demonstrations slated throughout the day, the AirSho will fill the skies over Navarro County with warbirds, air acrobats, skydivers and more.

AirSho Co-Coordinator Dan Summerall said this year’s show features a brand new addition — a MIG-17 Russian fighter jet.

“It was a front-line fighter during the early stages of Vietnam,” Summerall explained. “It gave our fighters fits for a while ... until we got accustomed to their techniques.”

Summerall said the plane was one of only a few that are in the United States. He expects it to be a popular part of the show.

“It’s the first time we’ve ever had a jet out here as a performer,” Summerall said.

The Coyote Squadron’s own “Spirit of Corsicana” P-19 will be flying Saturday as well, taking part in the opening ceremonies, Summerall said.

Gates open at 9:30 a.m. for the AirSho, with the first air performances starting at noon. Prior to the airborne performances, spectators will be able to walk around and view many of the aircraft up close, and have a chance to talk with the pilots about the vintage aircraft.

The airborne program starts at noon Saturday when the Blue Skies Parachute Team opens the show with a dramatic jump by the colorful crew. Seven PT-19 aircraft — the type of planes that were stationed at the Corsicana Airport for pilot training during World War II — will also take part in the AirSho opening.

Other aircraft that are expected to take part in the 2014 AirSho include a Devil Dog B-25,  the A-26 “Three Wars” plane (formerly known as the Spirit of Waco), a Huey helicopter and a Hind 24 Russian helicopter, four Japanese replica aircraft, and a Texas V-Tail Formation team consisting of eight Bonanza aircraft. Also slated for the show are a P-17, BT-15, L-19, and 0-2.

Saturday’s event also features a pyrotechnic demonstration put on by “The Blastards” — an all-female pyrotechnic team from Midland.

“They do pyrotechnic shows all over for the Commemorative Air Force,” Summerall said. The demonstration planned for the AirSho will simulate the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and what those explosions looked like on the ground, Summerall said.

Also at the AirSho will be the Trojan Phlyers in T-28 aircraft, and an RV-8 experimental aircraft flown by Col. Steve Richmond of the Coyote Squadron.

Admission is $10 per person, up to a maximum of $20 per car. Veterans and active duty personnel are admitted free.

Visitors are encouraged to bring folding chairs, blankets, and plenty of sunscreen. Vendors will be set up, and food and drink will be available for purchase at the event.  

If you would like any additional information, please call 903-257-8282.

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On The Web: A video promo for the AirSho is available on the Daily Sun’s Facebook page.

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You may reach the Daily Sun newsroom by email at news@corsicanadailysun.com

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