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Sunday, July 16, 2017:  Thousands gathered in 80 degree weather to see a show of aircraft, mostly from WWII.
North American T-6 Texans flew overhead in formation trailing smoke.  A real crowd pleaser.  
A Boeing B-17G came in from the Yankee Air Museum in Michigan.


She was Yankee Lady of WWII fame. 


The crew is a dedicated bunch of aviation enthusiasts.

They can never polish her too much. 

This man was a gunner in a B-17 on 15 combat missions over Europe in World War II. 
He was a member of the Eighth Air Force and lived to tell about it. 

A Vought F4U Corsair came in with its Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp 2380 horse radial engine. 
The gull-wing design made it good for aircraft carrier landings, serving in WWII and Korea.

The pilot was John Sinclair, a happy guy to be flying the huge machine.

A North American B-25J Mitchell Bomber flew in to be a part of the show and to show off to visitors.
Miss Mitchell is part of the Minnesota Wing of the Commemorative Air Force.
One bystander wore a shirt honoring the Tuskegee Airmen
A Bell UA-1 Iroquis Helicopter was a gathering spot for people. 
Better known as Huey, it is a symbol of U.S. Army in the Vietnam War.
Crew Chief Bob Drallmeier posed with the ship's 50 caliber M60 Door Gun.  A lethal machine.
There was no end to the action. 
This Curtis P-40 Warhawk is painted as a Flying Tiger.  It was a terror to Japanese over the skies of China in WWII.
Then there were these ladies, dressed maybe a little better than for the WWII they represent. 

Quote of the day:    A great air show.  Mark    < Back to previous story Ahead to next story >

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