|By Carmelo Turdo|
|Poster design by Jerney Studios|
Veterans of all military services and conflicts will be honored during the weekend's activities, especially those from the World War II-era. Aircraft from the Missouri Wing of the Commemorative Air Force will be available for tours and flights (purchase required). Among these aircraft will be the B-25 Mitchell, "Show Me," a later model of the type used during the daring Doolittle Raid on Tokyo in 1942. Corporate sponsorships for veterans to experience a flight in the B-25 Mitchell bomber are available. Along with the B-25, the Commemorative Air Force will bring their TBM-3E Avenger torpedo bomber and an Aeronca L-3E Defender liaison aircraft named "Lil' Show Me." Other aircraft from the 1940s will include a rare PV-2 Harpoon patrol bomber, "Attu Warrior," and others from local airports. Rides in an AT-6 Texan trainer and Waco biplane will also be available.
Along with the rumbling radial engines of the World War II-era aircraft will be a beautiful blue and yellow Pitts S-1S, the "Blue Demon," flown by St. Louis' home-town performer, ExtremeFlight airshow pilot Patrick McAlee. Our visitors will see the "Blue Demon" streak across the sky trailing billowing white airshow smoke in salute to our local veterans each day. Patrick McAlee will be available with his aircraft to talk about aerobatic flying and sign autographs.
Much more about the event will be posted on the event web site as details become available. The event producers are eager to launch St. Louis' only major aviation event of the season, but it cannot be done without sponsors and generous donations from individuals. Please consider becoming part of the Midwest Airport Fun Days 2015 team and be recognized for your support of Midwest Aviation! Be sure to check the event web page and The Aero Experience for more details and ways to become involved.