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Pilots take flight in 2nd annual Angelina County Airfest show to support kids

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ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) -

It was a big day in Angelina County on Saturday as the second annual Angelina County Airfest commenced. 

Thousands of people turned out to the Angelina County Airport to see specially trained aerobatic pilots take to the skies for a good cause.

According to the air show’s producer Brian Crews attendance for the show was way up front last year.

“The crowds twice as big as it was last year and the acts that we brought in this year are unbelievable. Crews said.

During last year’s show so many people showed up and had to be turned away due to a lack of parking.

“We were better prepared today, we had a few little hiccups last year that we took care of and we haven’t had any this year.” Crews said.

About 25 professional pilots came out to perform in the air show to help raise profits for Toys for Tots.

Pilot Justin “Shmed” Lewis said that he was honored to be a part of the event.

“I love doing these kinds of events especially because I get to see all the kids and inspire them like we usually get to do and all my friends are here, but we actually get to do this for a really, really good cause so it’s such a great thing that the town is trying to do.” Lewis said.

Planes and helicopters flipped, spun and nose dived their way into people’s hearts.

“I was looking down at the huge crowd and they were just looking back at me. I always kind of love watching their blurry faces go by at 320 miles an hour.” Lewis said.  

Skydivers also jumped from planes to pay tribute to military as they landed, and plenty of military pilots were present as well.

U.S. Army pilot Tim Deblaey said it’s great to be able to share with their experiences with people.

“It’s really nice to be able to give back to the community and to promote what we do.” Deblaey said.

More than fifteen thousand people came out for the fun flying spectacle, however the pilots really loved performing for all the youngest members of that audience.

“It is so great to have the kids come up. They rush up they want to talk to you, they want to see the jet and some of them want to become pilots from places like this.” Lewis said.

The profits from the air show will go towards Toys for Tots campaigns in both Angelina and Trinity Counties through January 15th.

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