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PHOTO GALLERY: Soaring spirits at 23rd annual Salute to Veterans Airshow

Saturday, May 28, 2011 | 7:33 p.m. CDT; updated 1:57 a.m. CDT, Saturday, June 11, 2011
Truman Varns, 4, of Columbia and his father, Curtis, get a moment in the cockpit of a P-3 Orion anti-submarine aircraft during the 23rd annual Salute to Veterans Airshow at Columbia Regional Airport. Truman told the plane commander, Lt. Kyle Vannatta, that he wanted to take the plane to Alaska.

Veterans, their families, plane enthusiasts and onlookers show support at the 23rd annual Salute to Veterans Airshow. The show, at Columbia Regional Airport, was cut short because of weather, but Sunday's show is on schedule.

The 2001 Memorial Day Airshow continues Sunday at the Columbia Regional Airport. The 23rd annual Salute to Veterans Parade will start at 9:55 a.m. Monday in downtown Columbia.
Pilot Clyde Zellers of Springfield, IL, prepares for take off in his WWII era SNJ-5 Texan Warbird during the 23rd annual Salute to Veterans Airshow at Columbia Regional Airport. Zellers began flying at age 11.
Ben Turner, 8, of Hartsburg hops out the door of the MH-60 Sierra helicopter during the 23rd annual Salute to Veterans Airshow at Columbia Regional Airport on May 28, 2011. The helicopter was brought by the Navy Helicopter Sea Combat 26 unit stationed in Norfolk, VA.
Jack O'Brien, 9, watches the Salute to the Nation Solemn Ceremony through binoculars Saturday while his sister, Alexandria, 5, looks on during the 23rd annual Salute to Veterans Airshow at Columbia Regional Airport.
Jean McCreery sits next to Joe Bacon, a veteran aviator in Vietnam, during the Salute to the Nation Solemn Ceremony during the 23rd annual Salute to Veterans Airshow at Columbia Regional Airport . McCreery, 87, is one of the remaining WASPs (Women's Air Force Service Pilot) from World War II. McCreary and Bacon flew to Columbia in a Cessna that McCreary navigated from Oklahoma.
The Whiteman Air Force Base Honor Guard stand at attention after firing a 21-gun salute during the 23rd annual Salute to Veterans Airshow at Columbia Regional Airport hosted by the Salute to Veterans Corporation.
Renee Koppenaal, center, watches a World War II era P-51C take off with her daughters Tayler, 9, left, and Brittany during the 23rd annual Salute to Veterans Airshow at Columbia Regional Airport hosted by the Salute to Veterans Corporation. Renee's grandfather was a Korean War Army Veteran who served from 1948 to 1952.
Pilot Doug Rozendaal waits for the signal to enter the runway in a P-51 Mustang Tuskegee fighter plane, which is part of the Commemorative Air Force during the 23rd annual Salute to Veterans Airshow at Columbia Regional Airport. "It's a great story of rising above the situation you find yourself in," says Rozendaal of the Tuskegee Airman.
Pilot Clyde Zellers of Springfield, Ill., flies his World War II era SNJ-5 Texan Warbird during the 23rd annual Salute to Veterans Airshow at Columbia Regional Airport. This was Zellers's third appearance in the Airshow.

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