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WWII aircraft highlight of Nacogdoches air show

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NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) -

A World War II airplane was above the skies in Nacogdoches Friday morning. 

It's a PT-17 Stearman, a training airplane, that will be on display and available for rides Saturday at the Nacogdoches regional airport.

The historic plane is part of the Commemorative Air Force, a new partner to the Nacogdoches Fall Fun Fly.

The Commemorative Air Force is a Texas-based non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and showing historical aircraft at airshows primarily throughout the U.S.

The PT-17 Stearman's pilot is Conrad Jett, a captain with the U.S. Air Force ,who just came home to the United States. He was based in Qatar, and he flew missions into Iraq and Syria. 

"This is what I do on the side - this is how I give back to the community with the Commemorative Air Force," said Jett. "The purpose of the Commemorative Air Force is to keep history alive."

Jett is offering a ride of a lifetime for a tax deductible donation of $150 for a half-hour flight. The cost helps pay for fuel cost to fly the Stearman and the group with the cost of maintaining their fleet of restored aircraft.

The Fall Fun Fly will also provide model plane demonstrations and a tour of the airport. A snack bar will also be available by the American Legion. 

The sixth annual Fall Fun Fly is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the A.L. Mangham Regional Airport in Nacogdoches hosted by the Nacogdoches Aero Modelers Club.

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