New acts wow crowds at 10th annual Jasper Air Show

JASPER, TX (KTRE) - The weather didn't stop hundreds from coming out to see the planes flip, fly, twist and turn through the skies of East Texas

These pilots rip and roar through the sky defying gravity and performing dangerous and thrilling stunts.

Nearly all the acts were new to the Jasper Air Show this year and each brought their own unique style and planes to the show.

SNJ-5 owner and pilot, Steve Afeman of McKinney, TX said, "Just a series of old time aerobatic maneuvers kind of like you used to see in the 30's and 40's just big huge maneuvers that these are good at including lots of loops and rolls, Cuban 8's and just different hesitation rolls."

A big attraction was the B-25 "Devil Dog".

Beth Jenkins flies with the Commemorative Air Force which is the largest flying museum in the United States to give history lessons about the brave men and women who fought for our freedoms.

"Our WWII veterans are dying daily so it's going to be left to us to keep this history alive," said Jenkins.
The "Devil Dog" flew with the very popular "Tora Tora Tora."

"We'll fly with the Japanese zero's and we'll reenact some of the fights that they did back in the war," said Jenkins.

"We do a reenactment of the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941," said Tora Tora Tora pilot, Mark Allen, of Houston.  "We have about 8 air planes in our act, we use pyrotechnics. It's quite an interesting show."

It's a fun and education experience for all ages.

"Our history get's lost and we need to never forget our history," said Allen.

Lufkin pilot Justin Heaton demonstrated the art of picking up banners.

"We snag and pick up the banner and I'm going to do a few maneuvers as to how these crop dusters used to do their passes through their spraying runs," said Heaton.

For more information on all the acts you saw and to see where they are going to be next visit:

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