Planes, fighters, dogs to perform at Memorial Day celebration

Thursday, April 8, 2010 | 4:34 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The Salute to Veterans Corporation has released a list of demonstration teams, aircraft and events appearing at the Salute to Veterans Airshow during Memorial Day weekend.

The airshow is held at the Columbia Regional Airport and admission is free.

  • United States Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier Demonstration

After a 12-year break, the United States Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier will return to the airshow. Its appearance will be one of 14 that are scheduled in 2010 out of 60 requests received.

  • United States Navy Coast F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Tactical Demonstration Team

This demonstration team, from the Naval Air Station in Oceana, Va., is new to the airshow. The multimission strike fighter is an upgrade of the night strike F/A-18C/D.

  • United States Air Force A-10 West Thunderbolt II Demonstration Team

This demonstration is designed to highlight the performance and characteristics of the aircraft. There will be a mixture of high- and low-speed maneuvering, rapid rolls and performance climbs.

The Heritage Flight with the A-10 Demo Team and a World War II P-38 Lightning will fly in tandem with the A-10, flying to the song “We Remember” and then ending the flight with a crossover and victory roll.

  • U.S. Army 101st Airborne “Screaming Eagles” Parachute Team

The “Screaming Eagles” are a full-time aerial demonstration unit located in Fort Campbell, Ky., and will be appearing at the airshow for the first time. Team members will parachute into the Columbia College soccer field, Sedalia’s Smith-Cotton football field and into five intersections on Broadway in downtown Columbia to open the airshow.

  • Canadian Armed Forces Parachute Team

The Skyhawks parachute team will be coasting in from the skies to honor allies at the airshow.

  • Aeroshell Aerobatic Demonstration Team

The World War II AT-6 “Texan” demonstration team has been flying for more than 20 years. The team's performance last year earned it requests to return this year.

  • World War II USN SNJ Aerobatic Demonstration

The U.S. Navy, American-made, warbird will be flying in a choreographed, low acrobatic, low-show routine with patriotic music and dialogue honoring each veteran at the airshow.

  • U.S. Army K-9 Corps Demonstration Team

Military dogs first entered the service in March 1942. Today, they are still playing an active role in searching for explosives and people. The dogs complete missions such as explosive detection, security, patrol, search and rescue and guard duty.

  • World War I Dawn Patrol

The World War I “Flying Circus” of Kansas City Dawn Patrol returns for its 18th year and will include two planes that were used in the movie “Amelia.”

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