Fly In Takes Off

Fly In Takes Off

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A full day of aerobatics, military and vintage aircraft displays, kids’ activities, speakers, a car and motorcycle show, food, and fun will take off Saturday, September 24, 2016 at the Terrell Municipal Airport during the 9th annual Flights of Our Fathers Air Show and Fly-In, benefiting the No. 1 British Flying Training School Museum. 

“We have a full day of fun, starting with a pancake breakfast,” explained Rudy Bowling, president of the museum. “The major excitement is the air show that starts around 1 p.m. Randy Ball’s performance in a restored MiG-17F always wows the crowds, as do the aerobatics pilots. Other visitors marvel at the precision flight formation by the Texas V-Tails. There’s something for everyone.”

Thousands of aviation enthusiasts, as well as local and regional residents, can begin the day with reveille and the posting of the British, Canadian, and American Flags in front of the museum at 8:15 a.m. The Black Sheep Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol will host a pancake and sausage breakfast ($5) from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Visitors can also enjoy a car and motorcycle show from 9 a.m. to noon and watch an array of pilots land their unique and vintage planes as they arrive to take part in the day’s festivities. 

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The air show’s headliner is Randy Ball, flying his MiG-17F, made famous during the Vietnam War as the primary enemy aircraft. Close formation groups featured are the Trojan Phlyers in T-28Bs and the Texas V-Tails. Other aerobatic performers include the Freedom Flyers’ P-51 Mustang “Pecos Bill”, Carl Best’s T-6, David Honaker’s Super Decathlon, and Russell Husband’s Pitts S-28.

The Commemorative Air Force’s A-26 bomber, “Lady Liberty”, will make an air show appearance but will also be available for tours in the static display area. Other aircraft on display include the P-39 Airacobra “Miss Connie”; Commemorative Air Force Coyote Squadron’s PT-19, a PT-17 Stearman biplane, and a Mi-24 Hind Helicopter.

Air Show guests may also visit the World War II re-enactor’s camp and try their hand using vintage communication equipment. Youngsters will want to check out the Kids’ Zone, sponsored by U-Rent It, which will feature the Perot Museum’s Tech Truck with hands-on digital and technology-related activities, including making a paper rocket and shooting it off. Kids can also take a ride on the Commemorative Air Force’s bomb train, located near Lady Liberty. 

Visitors will be able to purchase rides in some of the aircraft on display, including one of the beautifully restored Stearman biplanes used in Terrell during World War II. 

Three fascinating speakers are scheduled throughout the day: Tom Killebrew, author of The Royal Air Force in Texas; Daniel Flores, former combat helicopter pilot and author of South of Heaven, My Year in Afghanistan; and a current RAF pilot who will share the history of the Royal Air Force and its role in the Battle of Britain. Books will be available for purchase and speakers will talk with visitors.

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The museum, which tells the story of Britain’s Royal Air Force (RAF) cadets who learned to fly in Terrell before and during World War II, will be open for visitors. This year commemorates the 75th anniversary of when the RAF first arrived in Terrell for training. On Sunday at 3 p.m., there will be a remembrance ceremony in Terrell’s Oakland Memorial Park to honor the 20 cadets who died in plane crashes during their training. A flyover by WWII aircraft will conclude the ceremony, followed by a tea at the museum.

Gates will open for the Air Show on Saturday, September 24 at 8:15 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person or $20 per carload (cash only) at the gates. For more information visit www.terrellairport.com/fly-in or call 972-551-1122.

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