The largest crowds ever came out last weekend for the three-day Greenwood Lake Air Show. Organizers estimate the combined crowds to be about 20,000.
And why not? The weather was perfect for the show. On Saturday, blue skies were the order of the day with some white puffy clouds dotted throughout. And this was a true family event. Parents and younger children, many of whom had never seen airplanes doing aerobatics, were plentiful. Also attending were military men, some wearing their old ball caps designating their service time and affiliation.
Before the start of the show, “The Victory Belles” sang World War II songs dressed in their red, white, and blue uniforms, reminiscent of the Andrew sisters. Kirby Chambliss, a five-time U.S. national aerobatic champion, began the spectacular stunts for the day, after the Red Bull parachute team came down with one carrying a giant American flag.
Some former military personnel explained equipment and maps of World War II, which were on display. Veteran Bombardier Bob Grenz stood behind a Norden bomb sight, explaining the operation of the equipment and how he used it as a bombardier over Korea. At the height of the afternoon, there was a re-enactment of a mail call with a sergeant standing on the seat of a World War II Jeep calling out mail. Short rides were available in the authentic jeep, with its M-1 rifle attached to the dashboard.
Among the displays was an army tank with giant army tires instead of tracks. People could tour inside the DC-3 plane that was parked in the midst of the displays.
Greg Koontz of The Alabama Boys Comedy Team landed his Piper J3 Cub on a rolling truck on the runway, after doing some tricky flying stunts and a loop, which was far more difficult to accomplish in a Cub than many of the aerobatic planes that were made and designed for stunt flying.
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