(Atlantic) An estimated 3,000 people attended the Atlantic Fly Iowa 2012 Heritage and Homecoming at the Atlantic Municipal Airport Saturday.
The show kicked off at 11:00 a.m. with a trio of Skydiver’s led by Atlantic’s own Jim Kickland who parachuted the Stars and Strips to the airport grounds. Atlantic Mayor Dave Jones was impressed with the attendance.
“There are planes and cars from all over the country and there have been plenty of flyovers leading up to today’s event,” stated Mayor Jones.
“This event was put on by volunteers and Garry Pellett and Gary Maas stepped up as chairman and air boss for the event and there is a ton of people that have made this happen,” said Megan Roberts, Atlantic Executive Chamber Director. “A lot of folks don’t think about airport facilities when they think about economic development in your community. But a lot of people’s first impression when they come to a city is by plane and this is the first place they see. To have great facilities like this and the ability to showcase it today means a lot for business and Atlantic.”
One of the highlights was the P-51 Mustangs flown by Atlantic Pilot Mike Henningsen flying “Big Beautiful Doll” and fellow Mustang pilots Evan Fagan, and Atlantic native Tony Buechler.
Larry Lumpkin and the Gunfighters kicked off the show, and Greg Koontz awed the crowd with his aerobatics act. The show was capped off with a comedy skit put on by the Alabama Boys. They ended their portion of the show by landing their airplane on the top of a pickup truck.
The show was the first of its kind in the Greater Atlantic area.
September 15, 2012