More than 20 Commemorative Air Force “War Birds” descended on Corsicana’s Municipal Airport last Saturday for the eighth annual Salute to Armed Forces sponsored by the Coyote Squadron of the CAF.

Beginning at 9 a.m. with the arrival of the World War II aircraft and ending at 3:30 p.m. with the Parade of Flight, there was non-stop action. Aircraft arriving included a P-40 from the Cavanaugh Museum, the A-26 “Spirit of Waco,” several AT-6s, two Yaks, a JRB-1 Beechcraft, and of course the PT-19 “Daffy” that the Coyote Squadron is restoring.

In addition to watching the aircraft perform, there were activities such as climbing the Army’s rock wall, visiting various vendor booths, eating at concession stands, viewing the beautiful antique autos, going for an aircraft ride and watching the Texas Heat Wave and Corsicana Miniature Aircraft Club do their magic with radio controlled model airplanes.

Karen Brinkley demonstrated the capabilities of her O-2 aircraft. The CAF Tora aircraft painted like a Japanese Zero also entertained the crowd.

Two precision formation teams flew back-to-back performances — the Texas V-Tails (Bonanza aircraft) and Falcon Flight (experimental Van’s RV6, 7 and 8 type aircraft).

At noon, all activities stopped for an award presentation. Dr. David Campbell, accompanied by his wife Peggy, received the coveted FAA award as “Master Aviator” for 60 years of active flying and advancement of general aviation.

After all the rides were over and the aircraft returned to their home bases, the flight line was quiet once again.

Organizers gave a thank you to the Corsicana Fire Department, which stood by in case of an emergency and a special thank you to the Coyote Squadron’s individual and business sponsors who made the event possible.

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