|By Carmelo Turdo
The Friday evening and Saturday afternoon airshows featured incredible aerobatics from Kent Pietsch in his Interstate Cadet, Wayne Roberts in his Extra, Patrick McAlee in his Pitts Special, the Aerostars, Randy Ball in the afterburning MiG-17, Bill Leff in his AT-6G Texan, and fiery blasts from Paul Stender's jet School Bus as he drove it like a dragster down the runway. Aircraft static displays included AZ CAF B-25 "Maid in the Shade," Eric Downing's EA-1E Skyraider and T-6 Texan in South African colors, and the Radial Rocket. Activities on the ramp included the USTA SmashZone Mobile Tour, U.S. Air Force Rapid Strike Simulator and the Tuskegee Airmen Exhibit, among others. In this first of a series of features, we present an overview of this weekend's event. Future posts will present individual performers and insights from Airport Manager, Bruce Loy.
The Aero Experience thanks Airport Manager Bruce Loy, the airport Public Information team and all those who produced this event for their hospitality, professionalism and helpfulness during our visit.
Here are some views from Friday's practice and evening show:
Cape Girardeau Regional Airport and Ramp Displays:
|Cape Girardeau Regional Airport Terminal
|Lobby and Restaurant space inside the terminal
|Airport Manager Bruce Loy with Carmelo Turdo
|U.S. Air Force Rapid Strike Simulator
|USTA Smash Zone Tour
|AZ CAF B-25 "Maid in the Shade"
|Vintage military vehicles from the SEMO Military Vehicles Group
|North American AT-6D Texan
|Douglas EA-1E/AD-5 Skyraider
|Wayne Roberts and his Extra 300/LC
|Patrick McAlee and his Pitts S-1-E
|The Aerostars Team with their Yak-52TW trainers
|Kent Pietsch lands his Interstate Cadet on the camper
|Kent Pietsch "loses" his aileron during comedy routine
|Kent Pietsch flies slow-speed aerobatics
|Bill Leff flies his North American AT-6G Texan
|Randy Ball flies his MiG-17
|Paul Stender's Jet School Bus