The first air show at the Rusk County Airport near Henderson in 30 years is scheduled for Saturday, airport Manager Ron Frank announced.
It will have a patriotic theme and be a combination fly-in and air show with old war birds and vintage automobiles on display, Frank said. Veterans, especially World War II veterans, will be honored, he added.
Gates at the airport on County Road 416A will open at 8 a.m. for attendees to look at displays, talk to pilots and visit food vendors and memorabilia booths.
Frank said the air show will be free. It will start at 12:30 p.m. and last about three hours.
“There will be a lot of things to do. It will provide patriotic family fun on the whole thing,” Frank said. “It should be a good time for everybody.”
The airport manager expects about 5,000 people to attend.
Prior to start of the air show, U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert is scheduled to read a tribute to veterans, Terry Dorsey will play the national anthem on a trumpet and the Henderson Police Department color guard will present flags.
The air show will start with a parachute jump displaying the Texas and American flags.
During the air show, the airport will be closed to all aircraft except performing aircraft.
The air show will feature several acrobatic flights including two T-34s, Steve Afeman in a T-6 and the Falcon Formation Flight Team of eight aircraft in close formation doing low maneuvers before the crowd. There will be fly-bys of old World War II aircraft.
Other aircraft on hand will include a P-51 Mustang, B-25 Mitchell Bomber, a C-47, several T-6 Texans, which is a World War II training bird, several World War II light observation aircraft and a Vietnam era H-1 Huey helicopter.
Home-built experimental aircraft will be on display.
Also, the Piney Woods Chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association will provide free rides for children ages 8 to 18 in civilian Cessna and Bonanza aircraft. “They must have a parent or guardian sign papers for them to go up,” Frank said.
Automobiles and airplanes about the same vintage will be parked close to each other, although there will be some cars probably older than some of the airplanes, Frank said.
He expects about 20 cars dating from the mid-1920s to the late 1940s will be exhibited. The Model A Club of Tyler will display several Model A cars. Some old World War II staff cars will be in the exhibit.
The Rusk County Airport is sponsoring the show, but several businesses in Henderson are helping defray expenses, Frank said.