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Angelina County AirFest back after 32 years

Source: KTRE Staff Source: KTRE Staff
ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) -

The Angelina County AirFest is back and everyone is ecstatic.

"This hasn't happened in over 32 year at this airport,” said AirFest producer Brian Crews. “Many of the pilots that we have met through the years ask why there are no airshows at our airport in Lufkin because we have one of the best airports in the country."

So Crews got together with county officials and the Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau and received the okay to bring back the airshow.

Pilots are coming in from all over the country with their planes, several being World War Two planes, including one very special warbird.

"The aircraft behind me is a beautifully restored B-12 Mitchell bomber which is the same kind of airplane that was used in the Dolittle raid and this one is probably the best one you'll see out flying."

While the planes are fun to look at, there's also a history lesson to be learned from them.
 

"We bring airplanes that would only be seen in museums,” said pilot Stan Musick. “We fly them, we put them out and park them, and we talk about them, so people get an idea of what went on in the past. It's a living history."

There will be food vendors, things for the kids to do, and an airplane rides so everyone can see what Lufkin looks like from an aerial perspective.

All of the proceeds are going towards a very special organization.

“We thought what better way to make money for Toys for Tots than to have a benefit airshow," Crews said. "Bring your chairs bring your blankets, come out and join us for a great day at the airshow.

Gates open at 9 A.M. and the show will begin at noon.

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