(Atlantic) This Saturday the southwest Iowa skies may look a little out of the ordinary with WWII aircrafts aerobatic pilots and skydivers taking flight at the Atlantic Municipal Airport for the “Fly Iowa Air Show”. There will be pilots bringing in planes of all shapes and sizes, plus helicopters, hot air balloons, and educational components.
Gary Pellett, “Fly Iowa” Promoter says this event is something the greater Atlantic area has never scene before so close to home. Pellett says Saturday’s Show will feature a large selection of P-51 Mustangs, an A-26 Bomber and an aerobatics Pilot that will have you holding your breath.
“Mike Henningsen, of Atlantic and his group have a number of P51 Mustangs lined up to do some performance and aerobatic flying, “ stated Pellett. “You know when those planes take off they produce a special sound that many of us appreciate.”
Pellett says another highlight will be the Greg Koontz act (pictured) from Alabama.“The Alabama boys will be here to put on a very interesting show that I think the public will really enjoy. Their act includes a little comedy and a little bit of special aviation flying and things that you don’t normally see in small shows but rather in large shows, so I think everyone will enjoy them.”
Pellett said. “We have had such an extraordinary history here and a strong number of pilots who took their first lesson in the Atlantic area that we felt it was important for our community to showcase aviation and the strong roots in southwest Iowa.”
Pellett said local pilots, mechanics, airport managers, flight attendants and others have submitted biographies and photos of their aviation history to be displayed at the airport terminal building to share their stories. The alumni will also have a photo taken at the air show as they are honored in front of the crowd.
The event begins at 8:00 a.m. with a flight breakfast, and the air show will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
September 12, 2012