|By Carmelo Turdo|
The Aero Experience coverage began with a flight from Flying Dutchman Airport in Belleville, IL to Sparta in Jeff Wilson's beautiful Aeronca Chief.
The 9am briefing at Sparta Community Airport stressed safety for the mission
Some views of the aircraft involved with the Memorial Day Hecker, IL fly-over
Warbirds - Nanchang CJ-6As and Beechcraft T-34 Mentor - from St. Louis Downtown Airport in Cahokia, IL - took off first for their appearance over the Cemetery. One lucky child sat in the cockpit of Joe Wapelhorst's T-34 before the Warbird Flight took off.