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Thu, Aug 05, 2021

Wings Over Dallas WWII Airshow Returns To North Texas

On Friday, October 29, Wings Over Dallas Will Host An “Education Day”

One of North Texas’ largest airshows returns to Dallas Executive Airport from October 29-31, 2021, when the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) hosts the Wings Over Dallas WWII Airshow.

The interactive event features spectacular flying demonstrations, battle reenactments, veteran appearances, living history encampments, hands-on family and educational activities, aircraft rides, cockpit tours, and more.

More than forty World War II-era aircraft – including bombers, fighters, and support airplanes – are expected to participate in the airshow. This year’s theme “Texas Goes to War” will highlight the Lone Star State’s significant contributions to support America’s victory. From training fields to manufacturing companies, from defending the third coast to suppling oil to the troops, Texans were committed to defending America.

This year’s featured performer is TORA TORA TORA, the aerial reenactment of Pearl Harbor. Aircraft featured this year include the B-29 Superfortress FIFI, B-24 Liberator Diamond Lil, C-47 That’s All, Brother, and B-17 Flying Fortress Texas Raiders. Fighter planes such as the P-51 Mustang, P-40 Warhawk, T-6 Texan, and more, will participate in aerial activities and historic reenactments of air battles, complete with pyrotechnic effects.

Aerial activities will be supported on the ground by living history encampments that provide the authentic vintage military feeling and allow the crowd to step back in time. In addition, members of the Greatest Generation, including World War II veterans, will share their personal stories of service and sacrifice.

At the event’s Aviation Discovery Zone, students will be able to participate in hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities and explore various careers in aviation through simulated experiences. Students can earn rewards based on the completion of workstations including make-and-take riveting activities, flight simulators, pre-flight aircraft inspection check, and more.

Additionally, on Friday, October 29, Wings Over Dallas will host an “Education Day” providing thousands of area students with a chance to experience World War II history up close. This unique opportunity is free for teachers and students who register online and will feature living history displays, interactive exhibits and veterans who will share their story with students.

“We’re thrilled that Wings Over Dallas will be back this fall,” said Hank Coats, CAF President and CEO. “Since we did not have the show last year due to the COVID pandemic, this year our returning guests will notice the new Henry B. Tippie National Aviation Education Center, the CAF’s 47,000 square foot facility that serves as a hub for our national educational outreach programs. With the Commemorative Air Force’s National Headquarters located in Dallas, we’re proud that this local event is becoming the pre-eminent World War II themed airshow in the nation. And it is a homecoming show of sorts for our members who come from around the world to attend.”

FMI: www.wingsoverdallas.org

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