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Carmelo Turdo, Mark Nankivil and Fred Harl - The Aero Experience Team
Monday, June 25, 2012
Swift Museum Foundation National Fly-In Held at Creve Coeur Airport
By Carmelo Turdo
The Swift Museum Foundation National Fly-In was held this weekend at Creve Coeur Airport, home of the Historic Aircraft Restoration Museum, in west St. Louis County. Over 50 Swifts, including a rare T-35 Buckaroo, were on hand over the four-day event. Members flew their aircraft locally and participated in ground school courses and seminars addressing Swift-specific issues. Formation and spot-landing competitions were held, and a formation of Swifts, led by Valiant Echoes BT-13 performer Mike Kennedy, flew by the Gateway Arch while fellow pilots toured the monument. On Friday afternoon, a memorial tribute flight performed a missing man formation for local fallen pilots, veterans and first responders. Special thanks to the Swift Museum Foundation and Creve Coeur Airport for organizing the event.
A special appearance by Eric Downing's EA-1E Skyraider: