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South Plains Airshow draws large crowd on hot day

From Staff Reports

Thousands of guests braved the 90-plus degree temperatures to attend the biennial South Plains Airshow Saturday (June 12) at the Slaton Municipal Airport.

The theme this year was “Celebrating Women in Flight.” Some planes, such as the B-25 Devil Dog Squadron, had women who piloted the plane during their performance.

Crowds were able to watch special performers Tora, Tora, Tora, Kyle Franklin and Franklin’s Flying Circus, and Bob Carlton Vertigo Airshows.

Also featured and flying were Ron Cain in his DHC-1 Chipmunk, the P-40 Sponsor Group, The Bob Carlton’s jet powered Sailplane, an experimental plane, Happy Jacks Go Buggy,  World War II warbirds such as the a P-51 Mustang, P-40 Warhawk and C-27 Skytrain and planes from Silver Wings Air Museum as well as the Texas Air Museum.

Guests could also tour a variety of planes, including an Apollo test capsule and Gemini egress trainer, on permanent display at the Texas Air Museum, enjoy food and other refreshments from local businesses and even have the opportunity to fly in one of the historic planes.

For more information, including a picture page highlighting events at the Airshow, please read the Thursday edition of The Slatonite.

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