The “Best Little AirSho in Texas” celebrated its 21st year Saturday at the C. David Campbell Field in Corsicana. Members of the Commemorative Air Force Coyote Squadron “put on the show especially for the veterans and the young kids,” said Candis Wells, the AirSho’s co-coordinator. “Out there might be the next pilot.”
Wells said that the show went well.
“We had some different acts this year said Wells the people seemed to enjoy it.”
The Best Little AirSho in Texas was ‘hot,’ according to wells who hopes to have next year’s show in its regular May slot. Those who braved the conditions witnessed pilots perform demonstrations, aerobatic feats, as well as precision flying of their aircraft.
Tours of some of the planes were also available, along with flights before and after the air show.
“That’s All Brother,” the C-47 which led the allied invasion of Normandy made its inaugural appearance at the show. Now based in San Marcos, the plane flew across the Atlantic Ocean to participate in the 75th Anniversary of the Normandy landing in June. The aircraft, and others like it dropped thousands of paratroopers across the French countryside on D-Day June 6, 1944.
“Every rivet was completely restored after the aircraft was discovered in a Wisconsin aircraft bone yard. It’s a labor of love,” said Commemorative Air Force Wisconsin Wing member, Tom McDermott, who stressed this was a “team effort.”
The Coyote Squadron will have a debriefing of the 21st annual AirSho at the group’s October meeting. The planning for next year’s show will begin in January.
Wells encourages anyone who would like to join the Commemorative Air Force Coyote Squadron based out of Corsicana to contact her for an application at 903-480-1952.
Founded in 1997, “this group is so cohesive, and 65 members strong,” said Wells. The CAF Coyote squadron is always looking for people passionate about aircraft flight and preserving history.