Wings of Victory Provides Rare Opportunity

August 6, 2008 by  
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If you love antique aircraft, then you simply have to make sure that you’re at this year’s Wings of Victory Air Show. Set to take place on August 16 and 17, this fantastic collection of antique aircraft will not only showcase some incredibly rare aircraft, but also provide visitors with the opportunity to get up close and personal with a number of vintage airplanes.

This year will see thousands of aviation enthusiasts gather for the 14th annual Wings of Victory Air Show. Each day between 9:00 and 17:00, visitors will have the opportunity to watch antique military aircraft take to the sky in glorious air displays. They will also have the opportunity to view a large number of the old aircraft on the ground, where they may be afforded the chance to approach, sit in and explore certain aircraft. This year’s air show will showcase the legendary Memphis Belle. This B-17 bomber was used in World War II and is famous because it was the first bomber to complete an astounding 25 missions in Europe. Prior to the Memphis Belle, a number of bombers set off on their missions but most of them never returned. Clearly this elderly lady has a long and interesting history. Fans of the aircraft may even have a ride on a replica of the plane.

According to Bob DeLay, the public affairs officer for the Historical Aircraft Squadron, this year’s show will provide people with the opportunity to really get close to the aircraft. DeLay said they will be allowed to “really wander around the planes on the tarmac and talk to the pilots.” He attributed this to the fact that the show was not as big as other shows. He also noted that “some of these planes are really rare” and said that they may soon end up in museums when finding parts becomes too difficult and expensive. That is why now is the time to get up in the air in these antiques before they are grounded for good.

Airplane rides will be offered to the public and will range from $75 for helicopter rides to $475 for more expensive and rare aircraft. Other things to look forward to include flyovers from the F-16 East Coast Demonstration Team, a 101st Airborne D-Day re-enactment group, military vehicle displays and a restored Douglas A-26 Invader. There should be more than 40 planes at the show, some of them more than 70 years old! Visitors will find that the small entrance fee for the show is well worth it, but be aware that you can save money if you buy your ticket in advance. The 2008 Wings of Victory Air Show will take place at the Fairfield County Airport at 3430 Old Columbus Road in Lancaster, south Central Ohio.

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