The stage is starting to be set along the Owensboro riverfront for the annual Owensboro Air Show.
The planes and helicopters started arriving for practice in the skies above Smothers Park today.
“It’s fantastic. We get to live the dream,” says jimmy Fordham, a pilot for the Aeroshell Aerobatic Team. He’s been living the dream with the team since 2010, looping the skies across North America.
“We’ve done air shows from El Salvador to British Columbia,” he recalled.
The team makes their second straight appearance at the air show. Fordham says performing in Owensboro is a unique experience.
“It’s a great venue to go fly downtown,” he says. “It’s really neat for us because we’re flying over something other than a runway. We’re flying over water down there on the river.”
“It’s been a great draw for our region. We get folks who come from the United States every year. They post stuff about it. It’s a good thing for our local citizens and a good draw for our community,” says Tim Ross, Owensboro Director of Public Events.
This year’s show honors a century of military aviation, with planes and helicopters from the past and present flying over the riverfront. Ross says some performers had to pull out of the show to help with hurricane relief efforts in the Caribbean. Fordham says better weather forecasted could mean a better show.
“Last year, we had a good crowd over by the river and looking forward to the same this year. It’s going to be great,” he says.
Ross says the annual air show usually draws anywhere from 30,000 to 40,000 people along the riverfront for the two-day show.
The Owensboro Air Show is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.
(This story was originally published on September 21, 2017).