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Aviation Day Brings Hundreds To Tyler Pounds Regional Airport

There were some sore necks today at Tyler Pounds Regional Airport, as many people spent the afternoon looking up. The City of Tyler, along with the airport, held The Great Aviation Day of Tyler. The event included everything from flyovers to parachute jumping. 

Everywhere you looked, right, left and of course up, you saw airplanes. Some were big, and then some not so big.  "We have most of our aircrafts out here," said Tyler Modelers Club member Chad Wilson. "Helicopters, low-wing, high-wing aircrafts. These model airplanes bring out the inner kid in you."  

After flying helicopters in the Army, Chris Wilson of Rockwall says he started flying the Gyro Planes for fun.  It looks like a helicopter, but with no top.  "It has to take off like an airplane," said Wilson.  "You have to have a forward run because the blades are not powered. People don't understand that. The air goes through them like a fan and that keeps them turning and that provides the lift."  

Some people out there Saturday liked the old war planes, others enjoyed the newer ones, but still for some it was a lot simpler than that.  "I like the one with the blue and the red and the orange and the yellow," said 10-year-old Julia Hardinman.    

Organizers say this is the first aviation day in Tyler since September 11th. Many of the planes out there today are from the Historical Aviation Memorial Museum, which is next to Tyler Pounds Regional Airport.

Molly Reuter, Reporting. mreuter@kltv.com


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