Corsicana Mayor C. L. Buster Brown was presented with a plaque Wednesday in recognition of his support for the annual Commemorative Air Force Airsho in the city.
Brown’s annual donations have contributed to a quarter of the costs to bring World War II planes to Corsicana and this year his support will help transport a B-17 from Houston to the event, said J Waterman of the Commemorative Air Force..
Former mayor Waterman presented the plaque to Brown at his Kilmarnock Oil Co. office in Corsicana Wednesday.
“He has been a loyal supporter for us. Over the years he has helped support and bring in airplanes,” Waterman said.
“He is our aircraft sponsor. He usually gives enough money that we can bring in one airplane, and that’s his money, so he has been a big help.”
Brown himself has not flown for 20 years, although he did clock up 1,500 hours of flight time when he was a pilot.
He appreciates what the show, which has been running since 1999, brings to the community.
“I am not a big fan of WW II aircraft but these guys have got a real good thing going on out there. It’s good for the community and it’s getting bigger and bigger every year. It’s a lot of fun too,” Brown said.
The event itself takes place to give the Commemorative Air Force Coyote Squadron of Corsicana the opportunity to honor American military aviation through flight, exhibition and remembrance.
More than 40 men and women will be involved in the show, including pilots, doctors, pharmacists, law enforcement, business men and women, and retirees, dedicated to bringing America’s flying heritage alive in Corsicana.
This year there could be up to 24 WW II aircraft involved in the show, including a “Devil Dog” B-25, a Huey helicopter, a R4D, and a number of T6s.
They will be joined by certified formation flight teams of Texas V Tails and the Falcon Flight team.
“Preceding the show when they come in, in the morning they dive-bomb on the city and remind them that we have got our Airsho going on at the airport. They do that beautifully. These guys are jokers, they like to perform and they did that last year and got people excited,” Waterman said. This year's Airsho is slated for May 14.
“We’ll have the paratroopers come in and do their jump. That will be exciting for the kids. They always like that.”