East Texas warplanes show to support veterans

By Philippe Djegal - email
Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - What's a July 4th celebration without a great air show? Vintage warplanes were flying in from Shreveport Friday afternoon at Tyler Pounds, all in preparation for Saturday night's Thunder Over Cedar Creek Lake flyover show.

It stands out on the tarmac...a vintage war bird, a bird that is still seeing battle.

"The A-10 has served in Operation Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, and is serving overseas today," said D.C. Campbell, with Fighterjets, Inc.

The A-10 Warhog was the first to land in Tyler Friday morning. It was one of 20 fighters that will be in the sky, dazzling the crowd on Independence Day.

"The big thing on this is the gun," explained Campbell. "The gun is the GAU-8. It's a 30 millimeter, and here's your barrels. The airplane will kick out about 5,000 rounds a minute."

"Then, down here is where you've got your...storage facility for all the bullets," said Campbell. "And, the rounds that they use - some of them are depleted uranium that will just eat a tank in half."

Moments later another show plane touched down.

The YAK-52 was made by the Russians in the 70's. They used it as a paramilitary aircraft. They trained their guys on it and if they did well, they would then fly the bigger aircraft.

"It's fully aerobatic," said Jimmy Fordham, the YAK-52's pilot. "Seven positive G's. Five negative G's. 360 horsepower supercharged engine, and it's not real fast - about 120 knots on the cruise speed, but very maneuverable."

All of the proceeds from Saturday's show will go toward helping out wounded warriors.

"It's going to be a great opportunity to get out and support the veterans and thank them for what they've done for our country," said Fordham.

The show starts at 6:30 Saturday night at Cedar Creek Lake. If you would like to see the planes up close, they will be on display at the Historic Aviation Museam from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday. Again, they are going to give all of the money earned from the event to wounded vets.

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