Monday, September 22, 2008

Beloved Warbirds Coming in Strong at Victory Days

VICTORY DAYS 3-5 October 2008 Terre Haute International Airport - Hulman Field

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - September 22, 2008

Beloved Warbirds Coming in Strong at Victory Days
From home front to war front, Victory Days authentically tells the story of WWII America

Terre Haute, IN—Military aircraft, especially vintage WWII, are what the public clamors for and visitors to Victory Days 2008 will be treated to a remarkable display of their favorites. Military and pre-war civilian aircraft will be on display throughout the event. Expect military primary, basic, and advanced trainers, liaison aircraft, cargo, fighter, light, medium and heavy bombers including:

-Memphis Belle B-17
-Lady Liberty A-26
-Wicked Wabbit and Hun Hunter P-47s
-Black Sparrow C-47
-Piedmont DC-3
-P-51 Mustang
-Black Cat PBY Catalina
-CessnaT-50 Bobcat, “Bamboo Bomber”
-B-25 Mitchell

“These aren’t just old airplanes!” declares Paul King, Victory Days Executive Director. “They have authentic histories with life and death stories, and many, such as the Memphis Belle, even have genuine celebrity status. The Memphis Belle, for example, is one of only a handful from this class of bomber aircraft that still flies today. The B-17, also known as the Flying Fortress, is the most recognizable bomber of WWII, highlighted in many WWII movies. The Memphis Belle in particular, is known for being the first to complete the required 25 combat missions. It then returned to the states on a publicity tour to raise support for the war.”

These aircraft will be flying during the event, on hand for static display, and participating in conjunction with historically significant re-enactor events. You might see some of them making the rounds in the morning, as a reminder to get yourselves down to the Terre Haute airport to take a closer look at the many Warbirds that are participating in Victory Days 2008.

Four lucky people will have an opportunity to purchase a ride-along with the Liberty Jump Team paratroopers on Saturday or Sunday as they make their jump flights from the Black Sparrow C-47. Four individual rides will be auctioned at the Friday night, Oct. 3, Hangar Dinner Dance. (Tickets for the Hangar Dance are available online at .)

Expect a range of historically significant sights and sounds at Victory Days including an active military encampment, live radio broadcast, the Liberty Jump Team, vintage car exhibit, 1940s living rooms and kitchen, antique tractors, a quilting exhibit, battalion field hospital, small arms and weapons, jeeps, tanks and demonstrations and great food. There is something for the entire family.

“This is just what you’d expect from the event that is establishing itself as the WWII historical event of the year,” said Darrel Zeck, Director of Public Affairs, City of Terre Haute. “We are extremely pleased to have attracted this unique patriotic event to be hosted at Terre Haute International Airport-Hulman Field. With the level of interest we’ve been seeing from the community, we expect Victory Days to become an annual favorite for years to come.”

There are 3 ways to get tickets to Victory Days, October 3-4-5, 2008: $15 G/A Adult, $6 Child. $50 Flyers Club, $30 Child; find group discounts and 3-day passes exclusively online.

Old National Banking Centers: $18 G/A Adult, $8 Child

At the Gate: $20 G/A Adult, $10 Child (6-12), $60 Flyers Club Adult-plus G/A, $40 Child-plus G/A

Flyers Club is reserved seating area with food & beverage package. Cost is $50 for adult advance sale, $60 day of show. Your participation helps to ensure that this important piece of history, the Warbirds, survive for generations to come.

Victory Days is a not-for-profit educational organization recognized under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Proceeds benefit the Wabash Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross and the Victory Days Living Museum. For more information about Victory Days visit or call 812-669-1717.

Linda Sparks, Promotions Coordinator

Diana Streevey King, Event Coordinator
Darrel Zeck, Media Coordinator


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