Monday, March 23, 2009

Florida Air show a big success


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March 22, 2009


Give them great entertainment in the air and on the ground and they will come. Air show fans turned out to see some of the best flyers in world this past weekend at the Florida International AirShow at Punta Gorda. However, not all of the entertainment came from the sky. With unique historical and modern day aircraft on display, there was also lot to see and do on the ground.

The United States Navy Blue Angels headlined the event showing some new twists and turns that thrilled the crowd with their precision flying. Ground attractions ranged from a Lockheed 12 similar to the one flown by Amelia Earhardt, and soon to be featured in a movie about the lost aviator, to a C-130 Hurricane Hunter that spends the summer months chasing storms around Florida.

Bucky McQueen, President of the air show said that "Saturday's crowd appears to be the best ever in the twenty-nine year history of the show." Fred Buckingham, Chairman of the Board added that "Sunday's attendance was up there as well." While it will take some time to calculate the exact figures, the weekend was a huge success for the Florida International AirShow.

The Florida International Air Show is a charity event that has passed on well over 2-million dollars to charities in Southwest Florida.

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