Many are the war birds that helped win World War II and the Korean War. They are fighters, bombers, helicopters, and training aircraft, restored by aviation buffs, and in some cases by the aviators who flew them. They will be on show May 18 and 19 at the old Colorado Springs airport.
The attraction is called the “In Their Honor Fly-In Show” as a tribute to the service people who flew, maintained, and built them. Organizers say two Colorado Springs men are the core of the operation. Jerry Flesher and Chris Barton both own and fly WWII era aircraft. They, and about 25 vintage aircraft pilots, have committed to fly at the show. Additionally, homebuilt aircraft, modern military aircraft, and even a flying car take part in the program.
Among aircraft committed to participate are the Texan T-6, two T-28’s, combat fighter trainers, twin engine C-45’s, a C-47 (DC-3), and an English “Hawker Sea Fury.” One of the fastest combat fighters of World War II, the Dehaviland “Venom” jet fighter will also fly.
Additional planes include one of the first production jet fighters built at the end of WWII, a Russian built YAK and Chinese MIG-17 fighter plane, and about 100 homebuilt aircraft. The homebuilt aircraft may be from kits, or built from scratch, and their owners comprise the Experimental Aircraft Association.
Promoters say this may be the best collection of aircraft of this type to come to Colorado Springs. They will be joined by current active military cargo and fighter aircraft, unique experimental and historic aircraft including a flying car called the “Aerocar.”
The Colorado Springs Police and “Flight for Life” helicopters will be on display as well as the famous Gazelle helicopter, the infamous secret black helicopter.
Attendees will come from the surrounding states for the annual gathering of these historic aircraft. What started as a small group of pilots who came to Colorado Springs for Veteran’s Day has grown to an energetic group of nearly 50 who have visited Colorado Springs the past nine years.
FedEx, one of the World’s major cargo airlines, will fly in their special 737 display aircraft to this year’s “In Their Honor Air Show.”
Gates are open Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Adult admission is $8, children are $5, and those five and under are free. Tickets are also available at all TicketsWest outlets (www.ticketswest.com), Colorado Springs King Sooper stores, Independent Records, Citadel Mall, Fort Carson and Peterson Field.