Parade in the sky: Last minute changes at air show
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"Betty's Dream" had been one of the aircraft scheduled to participate in the third annual air show. - Photo courtesy Texas Flying Legends
"Betty's Dream" had been one of the aircraft scheduled to participate in the third annual air show. - Photo courtesy Texas Flying Legends
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UPDATED: Aug. 18 - Air show organizers have confirmed that the vintage World War II aircraft from the Texas Flying Legends, will not be taking part in Sunday's program. This last minute change was unexpected, but organizers added that other scheduled events and activities are a “go” for Sunday, including aerobatic flying and displays of aircraft on the ground. On Saturday, a large C-130 transport aircraft from the National Guard flew over the attendees at the Frenchville airport. This year marks the third annual Fly-In & Airshow, hosted by The St. John Valley Aero Club, in conjunction with the Northern Aroostook Regional Airport. On Sunday, the show is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Aug. 8 edition: FRENCHVILLE - The St. John Valley Aero Club, in conjunction with the Northern Aroostook Regional Airport, will host the third annual Fly-In & Airshow on Aug. 18-19 at the Frenchville airport.

“The annual fly-in and premiere of a two-day air show is the first and largest of its kind in Aroostook County in nearly 20 years since before the closure of Loring Air Force Base, Limestone, in 1994,” said Randy Harper, a Presque Isle pilot and event promoter, in a statement.

Three major aerobatic performances will be featured both days of the event, according to Anne Ward, public affairs agent for the Frenchville air show. Other activities include airplane and helicopter static displays; military, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol and Warden Service demonstrations and fly-bys; airplane rides, remote controlled aircraft demonstrations, candy drop for children, music, entertainment, and food vendors. Acadia Air Tours will provide rides in a Waco, open-cockpit, biplane for $60.

The main aerobatic events for both days include Dan Marcotte, competitor of the Reno Air Races and other land-speed competitions, flying an Ultimate 10-200 Biplane; and Jimmy Parker, in two unique routines – one in the ‘Claire de Lune’ glider and the other in a Pitts (Special) S-2B, self-narrated ‘Aerobatics 101’, performing while narrating his maneuvers to the crowd below.

Sunday’s show highlights the renowned Texas Flying Legends arriving at approximately 10:30 a.m. in five of their museum’s vintage World War II aircraft. They are on an annual summer tour through New England to honor and inspire awareness of military veterans and their sacrifices during that conflict. Aerial demonstrations and up-close static displays include a B-25 (Mitchell) Bomber, Japanese Zero, P-51 Mustang, (Curtiss) P-40K and FU4 Corsair. The museum team is flying in, at its own expense, to contribute to the event, added Harper.

The Saturday morning show will kick off with an aircraft flying parade over the St. John Valley and will close Sunday with a grand finale by the Texas Flying Legends over Long Lake on their 4 p.m. departure.

Personal and business aircraft fly-ins are welcome before the air show on Friday, Aug.17. During air show hours (10 a.m.-5 p.m.), pre-coordination is required. Organizers ask those planning to fly in to check the website for guidance and be aware of scheduled traffic and landing restrictions due to ongoing flight activities; also, check Notice to Airman before departure and call Frenchville Unicom frequency (122.7) 10 miles out. A campsite on the airport grounds is available for pilots and support crew. The Northern Aroostook Regional Airport is located at 74 Airport Ave. Travelers can follow airplane/airport signs on U.S. Route 1 between Madawaska and Fort Kent.

No coolers, pets, alcohol or glass containers will be allowed into the show. Emergency medical support and restrooms will be present onsite. Gates will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission will be $5 adults and teens, with children under 12 and seniors over 60 admitted free. For more information, visit www.SJVAero Club.org, call 543-6300, or email pchasse@sjvaeroclub.org.