OWENSBORO, Ky. (WEHT) — Thousands of people lined up along the Ohio River to watch dozens of planes take to the skies for day three of the 2019 Owensboro Air Show.
“We’re really excited. Over the last five years we’ve been able to host the Air Force Thunderbirds, the Canadian Snowbirds, the Navy Blue Angels last year. We’ve really built a reputation in the industry,” said Tim Ross, Director of Public Events for the City of Owensboro.
Military bombers from WWII flew below the trees while parachuters soared high above the crowds.
“I’m doing twenty-three shows this year. Over the last 13 years, close to 275 different airshow venues including Japan. Here in Owensboro, there is something about the hospitality and the air of friendliness and it’s really tough to get a prettier view than what we’ve had this weekend on the Ohio River,” said Rob Reider, Air Show announcer.
With so many moving parts in the air, the mechanics on the ground need to be completely in sync.
“It’s not something that we plan on the short term, it’s really year-round. Twelve months out of the year we’re talking to different folks. We have upwards of 16 agencies between the Indiana side and the Kentucky side of the river. So meetings take place over months and months. It’s a coordinated effort,” said Ross.
The crowds even got to hear what the birds eye view was like from the pilots themselves.
“I can hear them and while I’m talking, I know what the music is playing, and I know when they ask for the music when to start it, and I can talk to them offline when necessary. It’s a lot of fun,” said Reider.
The overall crowd favorite was the roaring F-16 Fighting Falcon. The jet is a supersonic, multi-role fighter aircraft.
The oldest flying D-C3 passenger aircraft in the world also made an appearance. The plane is credited with revolutionizing air travel after first taking to the skies in the 1930’s.
(This story was originally published on September 15, 2019)