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South Plains Airshow flies high in biennial performance

By Melissa McCaghren

Slatonite GM

The Saturday afternoon (June 10) sky may have had the moon in its horizon, but it was not the only item in the sky as historic planes soared the skies during the biennial South Plains Airshow at the Larry T. Neal Memorial Slaton Municipal Airport.

Approximately 7,500 people attended the event.

This year’s shows included Tora, Tora, Tora, Franklin Airshows, the Commemorative Air Force P-40 Warhawk, C-47 Skytrain and Bob Carlton with Vertigo Airshows.

Trainer planes such as the T-34 Mentor and AT-6 were also flown.

Also featured were Leland Kracher in his Christian Eagle, World War II airplanes such as the B-25 Devil Dog, Aircraft from the Commemorative Air Force, Texas Air Museum and other planes.

The Texas Air Museum’s planes, both permanent displays and those that can fly, were also on display along with the museum.

Modern military aircraft are also tentatively scheduled to make an appearance.

The Texas Tech Vietnam Center and Sam Johnson Vietnam Archive Displayed their Huey, which is currently undergoing restoration, in the John Beck Hangar.

The hangar also had a variety of booths for guests to look at and cool off in the warm temperatures.

For more information, please read the Thursday edition of The Slatonite.

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