21st Annual Air Fiesta Show Concludes


POSTED: Monday, March 26, 2012 - 8:15am

UPDATED: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 1:39pm

The 21st Annual Air Fiesta show continues today at the Brownsville/South Padre Island International Airport.

"Couple of dozen planes. World War II vintage planes, as well as modern aerobatic airplanes. It's really a, it's a great show," said Ray Norton, Air Show Announcer. 

Many residents come out to enjoy the assortment of aircraft on the grounds. Just yesterday, there were between 10 and 15,000 people that stopped by.

"Today, I'd say right now we've got around 8 to 10,000," said Norton.

Norton says some years are better than others.

"This year is a good year. in fact, we have one of a kind airplane. the only flying Curtiss SB2C Helldiver from World War II is flying here today, so we got a lot of unique planes too," said Norton.

The highlight of the show, which many viewers come to see is the MIG-17F . It was built in 1960 and its top speed is 715 mph.

"Absolutely a rush to fly it," said Randy Ball, MIG-17F Demonstration Pilot.

Ball says this is the first time a soviet fighter has ever been at the air festival in Brownsville.

He's been a pilot for nearly 20 decades and knows how to get the crowd pumped by delivering a great show.

"I'll go from the ground level to about 10,000...about 2 miles, and do it in about 12 seconds," said Ball.

Flying started at noon and lasted for about 3 hours. Tickets were $20 at the gate and kids under 12 got in free.

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This is always a fun show and this year is no exception!

David Harry
Author, The Padre Puzzle

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