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Vintage warbirds highlighted in Houston airshow

English.news.cn   2013-10-27 11:21:41            

HOUSTON, Oct. 26 (Xinhua) -- The 29th Wings Over Houston Airshow featuring vintage warbirds livened up the sky above the Ellington Airport in Houston on Saturday, amazing spectators with thrilling aerobatics and demonstrations.

The annual event was organized by the Commemorative Air Force (CAF), a Texas-based non-profit group dedicated to preserving and showing historical aircraft at airshows primarily throughout the United States and Canada.

The airshow had more than 80 vintage aircraft on display, some of which are replicates of World War II warplanes.

Saturday's highlights were a Korean War 60th anniversary tribute, world's only flying B-29 Superfortress and Dusty of Disney's "Planes."

Returning favorites to the airshow included the always-popular Tora!Tora! Tora! reenactment of the World War II air power attack on Pearl Harbor and the CAF Red Tail Project, an educational exhibit telling the story of the first African-American U.S. Army Air Corps pilots.

Other shows included interactive NASA display, Neal Darnell and his record-breaking shockwave jet truck, and a children's area including a rock climbing wall, a mechanical bull and Aircraft M-4 simulator rides.

Scott Tims, Public Relations director of the show, explained to Xinhua why there was no presence of active-duty aircraft in this year's show.

He said the U.S. Air Force canceled all aviation support to public events and stood down the Thunderbirds aerial demonstration team to save flying hours to support readiness needs due to federal budget cuts.

"Unfortunately, the Blue Angels, the Thunderbirds, all modern military aircraft are not flying in the United States right now in airshows for non-military use. We won't have those type of aircraft which is why that we were able to create a very special show that we usually cannot do when we have all those modern aircraft," Tims said.

The show, claimed to be one of the top five air shows in the country, is aimed at honoring the U.S. service men and women of the past and those serving now all over the world.

The two-day show attracts more than 85,000 festival-goers from around the globe, according to the organizers.

Editor: Shen Qing
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