Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Wings Over Winston Air Show Builds On Last Year's Success

Farmer Clem lands on top of truck
Last year's show was a big hit in our community but the 2015 Wings Over Winston Air Show is expected to be a break out event that sets the stage for the future. 

The September 26 event is fast approaching and a lineup of acts and displays has been established. Included in 2015 Wings Over Winston are:
  • Sky Diver Launch,
  • National Anthem with Sky Divers,
  • Warbird Formation Flights,
  • Solo Aerobatic Act-T6,
  • SuperDecathlon Act,
  • Solo Aerobatic Act-T28,
  • Farmer Clem Super Cub Act,
  • Solo P51 Aerobatic Act,
  • Flyover B25,
  • Formation Flight P51 & B25,
The 2015 event is free to the public and more information is available and will be updated on their website at http://www.wingsoverwinston.com and their Facebook page - Wings Over Winston.

The following information is from organizer and Louisville-Winston Airport Board President, Mike Forster: "The 2014 air show honoring Pruett Lee and our WWII veterans was such a success that we wanted to make it an annual event. So many of our citizens visited the airport, many for the first time, and it seems that everyone really enjoyed seeing the warbirds, talking to the pilots, and, quite a few of them took a ride on the Devil Dog B25. In fact, Beth Jenkins, the Pilot in Command of the Devil Dog, told me that they sold more rides in Louisville, MS, than in any other one day show they had ever done!
P-51 Fighter scheduled at Wings Over Winston

So this year, the Devil Dog is returning, and so is the famous P51 fighter that protected our bombers in WWII. But we are really going to take it up a notch or two in terms of the air show itself. We have arranged to bring in 2 of the top aerobatic performers in the south, Greg Koontz out of Ashville, Alabama, and Randy Harris from Tulsa, Oklahoma. They do things with their specially equipped stunt planes that will absolutely make your jaws drop.

But that’s not all. We will feature sky divers who will open the show, followed by solo aerobatic acts by some great Mississippi aviators. Frank Kimmel of Greenwood, MS, will perform in his T6, Mac MacNeer of Greenwood in his T28 and Dan Fordice of Vicksburg in his P51. There will be formation flights of vintage aircraft like last year, and a very, very special finale act honoring our veterans with the P51 and the Devil Dog you won’t want to miss.

Many of our local businesses are contributing to the cost of the show so we can make admission free to our citizens. We will have food vendors on site, the gates will open at 10 am and the show starts around 11. One caution to everyone is that Airport Avenue will be closed at the Joe Cannon intersection so parking will need to be at the City’s ball fields or the Coliseum. We will have free shuttle service available to get everyone from there to the airport.

Please come out and support your local airport, bring the family and enjoy what we hope will be a beautiful September day."