Tuesday, October 4, 2016

2016 Wings Over Winston A Great Success

You couldn't have asked for better weather this weekend for the 2016 Wings Over Winston Air Show as a record crowd came from all over to enjoy the day and watch some fantastic aerobatics.

Vietnam era naval aviator Commander Randy "Duke" Cunningham was in Louisville to attend the Wings Over Winston Airshow. Through mutual friends, Cunningham was afforded the opportunity to visit with Winston County's own aviator hero, W. Pruitt Lee, who co-piloted bombers in WWII.

Lee, who is a resident of the Winston County Nursing Home, flew 29 bombing missions over Europe before his aircraft was shot down over Holland. He attributes his survival to the daily prayers of his wife and of his church family throughout the war years. He is pictured below with Pamela Kirk presenting him a pictured plaque in his honor.

Commander Cunningham flew 300 missions over Vietnam as a Navy aviator and was the first of only two pilots to qualify as an "Ace" after downing five enemy aircraft.

Both men were in attendance on Saturday at the 3rd Annual "Wings Over Winston" Airshow.

For a slideshow of pictures from the air show click here