DULUTH, MN. (KBJR 6) — A weekend of thrills, fun and lots of history, thanks to many different planes.
The Duluth Airshow returns with 15 numbers hovering in the sky, including a North American B-25 Mitchell, a historic World War II aircraft.
“It wasn’t about bombing an area, it was designed for other missions, and it was constantly being adapted for missions throughout the war,” said Mitch Bertrang, Minnesota Wing’s mission coordinator. of the Air Force Commemorative.
They help preserve and restore historic combat aircraft, enabling them to teach people about the nation’s history.
“Our mission is to educate, inspire and honor,” Bertrang said. “To help this next generation understand what previous generations have done for us and the freedoms we enjoy today.”
From WWII planes to modern aircraft, the Duluth Airshow showcases the best in aviation.
Major Kyle Oliver flies the No. 5 F-16 jet for the United States Air Force Thunderbirds, which are returning to the air show after their last performance in 2018.
Fan favorites perform maneuvers in the sky.
“What you’ll see in Thunderbirds 5 and 6, we’re the solos, we’re going to show you what the plane is capable of, so we’re going to show you how low it can go, how fast it can go, how, tight , he can spin,” Oliver said.
A flashy sight for the crowds, but Oliver explains at the end of the day it inspires a sense of camaraderie.
“We’re all here to be a beacon of excellence, and we’re here to rally people around us as a beacon of excellence in the name of service to something bigger than ourselves, and I think that it’s a universal trait,” Oliver said. .
This year’s Duluth Air Show will feature three female pilots, Thunderbird #3 Major Lauren Schlicting, F-35 Major Kristin Wolfe and civilian pilot Jessy Panzer.
The air show takes place on Saturday and Sunday.
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