Welcome to Airshow Traveler Magazine's Newsletter, Air Show Weekly, where we take a look at upcoming airshows and showcase current aviation topics.
All air show information listed is accurate as we know it. Still, it is best to check with the individual air show to see if there are any changes. Even then, scheduled aircraft may not appear due to bad weather en route, or because of mechanical breakdown.
This is the first of a series of articles spotlighting the talent we have at Airshow Traveler. First up is my right hand man - Horace Sagnor.
At 73 years young, Horace is Mr. Aviation. I've never met anyone who can spout out aircraft model numbers, squadron data, or air base information like Horace. If it has stars and bars on it, Horace knows about it. He is a walking aircraft encyclopedia and he has 10,000+ slides of aircraft dating back almost 50 years to back up his knowledge. Whenever I have an unanswered aviation question, I speed dial Horace.
More than the aviation knowledge and being a heck of a photographer, Horace has been there when I've needed him. He has
helped me collate, and print, and proofread, and edit, and even walked my greyhounds and fed the cat when I've been on the road. When my Mom passed away, Horace noticed my front yard was in need of some cleanup, so he trimmed my forsythia bush, picked up sticks in the yard, and carted all the mess away while I was attending the funeral.
When I first started this enterprise, Horace was my sidekick on the road. We logged over 20,000 air miles that first year together and what a year it was. He was excited to see air shows and aviation museums that he had only dreamed of seeing. I was happy to foot the bill and he still talks about the blazing heat of the USS Lexington, and the beautiful two days we spent at Pima County museum, and the wonderful weekend we had at Hill AFB, and the tornado we saw at the Tallahassee Airport that grounded us there.
First and foremost, Horace appreciates what people do for him. There was never an argument about copyrighted material or photo ownership. When Horace contributes to our cause, he does so from the heart. More than my right hand man, he is one of my dearest friends and one I am blessed to know.
Horace's favorite photo of his favorite airplane is shown below which was taken at the 2006 Hill AFB air show. The aircraft is, of course, my favorite as well, the F-4 Phantom II (F-4E, QF-4E drone, 74-0665). All aircraft photos in this newsletter were taken by Horace.
Our northern neighbors are in for a rare treat at this show. Yes, they have popular performances by the Snowbirds, Carol Pilon, and Dan Buchanan. And yes, the Canadian Hornet, F-86 Golden Hawk, and A-10 will be disturbing the noise. But, it is a rare treat for our Canadian friends to see the Mig Fighters.
The group is comprised of a Mig15, Mig17, and a FJ-4B Fury which happens to be the only one left flying in the world. There are some Furys on static display, but not flying. These guys put on a heck of a Korean dog fight simulation in the sky so get your tickets early and save $10. Photo below of the two Migs by Horace Sagnor at the 2006 Hill AFB air show. On the top is the Mig-15bis (1A03508, N515MG) while the aircraft on the bottom is the Mig-17F (1C1210, NX717MG).
Sioux Falls is located in the southeast corner of South Dakota. It's a beautiful area and a great backdrop for an air show. Joe Foss Field is home to the South Dakota's Air National Guard 175th Fighter Squadron flying the F-16C and F-16D Fighting Falcon.
The show headliners are the Blue Angels. Add in a demo by the F-22 Raptor and you have the foundation of a great show. Since we are warbird nuts, we love the fact that one of our top ten Mustangs will be on hand, namely 'Gunfighter'. The P-51D will team up with the Raptor for the Air Force Heritage Flight.
Aerobatic fans will enjoy Mike Wiskus, Melissa Andrzewski, Jim Pietz, Manfred Radius, John Klatt, and Steve Fallon. What - no wingwalker?
The photo below of Reg Urschler's P-51D Mustang 'Gunfighter' (44-73264, N5428V) was taken at the 2006 Barksdale AFB air show by Horace Sagnor.
Thank you for reading the latest issue of our newsletter.
God Bless Us Everyone,
Wayne Matusiak, Publisher Airshow Traveler Magazine
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