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The Aero Experience is a celebration of Midwest aviation and aerospace achievement. We invite you to join us as we explore the treasures of Midwest aviation through first-hand experiences. Our contributors take turns flying lead, and we are always looking for new destinations. Check in with The Aero Experience frequently to see where we will land today, and then go out and have your own aero experiences!

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Jefferson County Air Festival Brings Local Community to Festus Memorial Airport for Day of High-Flying Fun, Part 1

By Leo Cachat
The Festus Memorial Airport welcomed the local community to the Jefferson County Air Festival last Sunday for a day of high-flying fun.  Throughout the day, visitors, many with children in tow, streamed onto the airport grounds to experience aviation personally through some of the well-organized activities prepared by Festival volunteers.  A Cessna 150 was open for future pilots of all ages to examine, and a Certified Flight Instructor was available to answer questions about flight training.  Other aircraft from nearby airports were also on static display.  But most of the action was skyward, starting with rides in general aviation aircraft and a Robinson R44 helicopter.  Members of the Show Me RC Airshows flew their large scale radio-controlled aircraft throughout the day, defying gravity as they hovered over the runway for the crowd.  Skydivers from Festus-based Fly Free Skydiving made smoke trails as they drifted down to the airport in their colorful parachutes.  The afternoon was capped with a performance by Brian Correll and Bob Richards, two Pitts Special pilots performing together as Team Vortex. 

The Aero Experience was pleased to assist the Festus Memorial Airport staff by providing coverage of the Jefferson County Air Festival as a great example of a Midwest Aviation community event.  In Part 1, we will present highlights of the day's activities from various perspectives from the ground up!  Special thanks to the Festus Airport staff and event volunteers for their hospitality and helpfulness during the event.

Rides in a Cessna 182 Skylane, Piper J3 Cub and Robinson R44 Helicopter





















Aircraft Flew In From Neighboring Airports

























Show Me RC Airshows Flew Their Large-Scale Aircraft



























Fly Free Skydiving Provided Continuous Parachuting Performances
















Team Vortex Performed In the Afternoon Airshow






























































        

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