America’s heroes honored at Aviation Day

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COLUMBUS, Ind.–Aviation Day 2018 at the Columbus Municipal Airport did more than dazzle audiences this past Saturday, it also paid respect to Columbus heroes Sgt. Jonathan Hunter and World War II veteran pilot John C. Walter, along with the other men and women who have served in the nation’s armed forces.

The noon air show began with an aerial demonstration consisting of the Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress named “Yankee Lady,” three Nanchang CJ-6 trainer aircraft, and a North American AT-6 Texan trainer. The five airplanes took part in a “Missing Man” formation, a classic air show commemoration for soldiers killed or missing in action.

The memorial flight was followed by stunt pilots Cliff Robinson and Lee Leet, as they had fun “hot dogging” with corkscrews, Cuban 8s, and hammerhead stunts. Robinson flew his Super Stearman stunt biplane, while Louisville resident Lee Leet performed in a British-made Embraer Super Tucano.

In addition to the air show, area residents were offered rides on 1930s-style biplanes, a Vietnam-era helicopter, and newer aircraft. Thanks to city and county emergency crews, kids were able to view equipment from police, fire, utilities, and the sheriff’s departments. The “Yankee Lady,” operated by the Yankee Air Museum of Ypsilanti, Michigan, also gave many rides to people who paid $450 for the privilege of a being a passenger on a flight.

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