Columbia Air Show completes second day of events

Sunday, May 24, 2009 | 4:50 p.m. CDT; updated 5:14 p.m. CDT, Sunday, May 24, 2009
Katy Disinger watches as the AeroShell Demonstration Planes create two hearts in the sky at the Memorial Weekend Salute to Veterans 2009 Airshow on Sunday.

COLUMBIA — Sunday was the second full day of the 21st annual Columbia Air Show at the Columbia Regional Airport.

Spectators were treated to shows from the Canadian Armed Forces Skyhawk Parachute Team, who descended to the crowd after the Canadian and American national anthems were played.

Another exhibition featured the fighting maneuvers of the A-10 Thunderbolt, which has been used in combat all over the world. The pilot showed off the jet's turning capability as well as how quickly it could pull out of a dive.

The Thunderbolt then flew in formation with a P-38 aircraft from the World War II era for a heritage flight to commemorate Memorial Day.

The event concluded at 3:30 p.m. with a flight by a U.S. Navy F/A-18C Hornet.

Throughout the day, the crowd was able to hear various announcers pay tribute to the fallen servicemen and women from Missouri. An announcer read the names of more than 200 servicemen and women who fell in conflicts from World War I to Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Memorial Day festivities will continue at 10 a.m. Monday with the Salute to Veterans Parade in downtown Columbia.

Travis Akers, an in-flight technician based out of Jacksonville, Fla., greets air show attendees from the wing.
Air show attendees were allowed to explore the cockpit of a variety of planes.
Stanley Emmeich watches an air show demonstration Sunday.
Attendees at the Salute to Veterans 2009 Air Show admire a demonstration at the Columbia Regional Airport on Sunday.

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