Aerospace America Show to Take off Friday
Bill May Journal Record Reporter, THE JOURNAL RECORD
It's that time of year again when aviation aficionados can get their fill of watching airplanes.
All types of airplanes -- those that fly and those that don't.
Civilian airplanes, little airplanes, military airplanes, antique airplanes and World War II airplanes will cover the west side of Will Rogers World Airport this weekend.
Not only that, but the sky above the airport will be filled by all sorts of stunt flying, wingwalking, military showmanship and thrills enough for just about anyone.
The event will be the 11th annual Aerospace America, which starts at 5 p.m. Friday and runs through Sunday afternoon.
Everything from aircraft representing aviation's golden era -- when every new plane had to be bigger, better and faster -- to the most technologically advanced military fighter and bomber aircraft in the world are expected to be on hand.
Highlights of the show will be flying displays of the Russian fighter interceptor SU-27, the U.S. Marine Corps' Harrier vertical take-off and landing jet fighter and the U.S. Air Force's B-1B and B- 2 advanced bombers.
World War II-era aircraft also are expected to make a couple of grand passes and will be on exhibit during the three-day show.
It's not all military, however. Antique and modern general aviation aircraft are expected to fly and be on display. Some of the best aerobatic performers in the world also will be in Oklahoma City for what has become one of the top three air shows in North America.
What's become the most-viewed non-flying exhibit at the air show is the military re-enactors, men and women dressed in military uniform from most of the countries involved in America's wars from the Spanish-American War to Desert Storm.
This exhibit first came to Aerospace America in 1994 and since has become one of the premier attractions.
Along with personnel in uniform, the groups also will display equipment, artifacts and personal items from the eras they represent. …