Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Salute to Veterans Corporation Airshow A Major Midwest Memorial Day Success

By Carmelo Turdo
The 24th annual Salute to Veterans Corporation Memorial Day airshow held at Columbia Regional Airport in Missouri this weekend was another shining example of an excellent Midwest aero experience.  The weekend airshow is just part of a series of events to honor our veterans, which also included living history programs, Salute to Veterans Parade, and Memorial Day ceremony at the Boone County Courthouse.  During the airshow, an hour-long ceremony occurs at midday to remember the local veterans who lost their lives in military service, and to recognize honored guests who have contributed to the security of this nation over the years.  Here are some views of the performers and static displays at Saturday's airshow:

From Creve Coeur, MO: Rod Hightower's Boeing A75L3 and Eric Downing's Douglas EA-1E Skyraider

MO Commemorative Air Force NA B-25J Mitchell from St. Charles, MO

Michael Kennedy's Vultee BT-13A Valiant  - Valiant Echoes

U.S. Navy Grumman C-2A Greyhound Jump Platform from NAS Norfolk, VA

U.S. Air Force McDonnell Douglas C-17A Globemaster III from Wright-Patterson AFB, OH


Jeff Maples' North American F-51D Mustang "Archie"

U.S. Navy Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet from NAS Lemoore, CA 

Kansas City Dawn Patrol World War I Scaled Replicas

Lima Lima Flight Team Beech T-34 Mentors

North American SNJ-5 Texan "Radial Velocity" No. 88

North American SNJ-5 Texan Navy Aerobatics With Clyde Zellers

Raytheon T-6C Texan II Demo Team With Michael Rambo

North American AT-6G Texan With EAA's Rod Hightower