Colorado

Oct 1, 2010 9:27 PM by Dr. Anya Winslow

Magic is in the air

This weekend, there will be magic in the air as top notch pilots showcase their skills in the In Their Honor Colorado Springs Air Show.

The show recognizes the contributions of our military men and women and kicks off on Saturday, October 2nd and continues until October 3rd. It runs from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and is held in the General Aviation area at the Colorado Springs Airport.

You will see a variety of planes from old WWII aircrafts to ethanol-fueled airplanes. Pilots will be performing all sorts of aerial acrobatics.

Event organizer John O'Donnell says that there will be, "Three hours of really serious, heart-stopping aviation here. You're going to enjoy the heck out of it. There's a lot to see on site, there's great food on site, it benefits three or four other local service clubs. So, come out and have a good time."

Part of the fun of the event is meeting the pilots and hearing their stories. Many of the aviators want to inspire a new generation of aerial performers.

"I had several people that took me under their wing, as a young person, and shared the joy of aviation and the fun that's involved," recalls Captain Joe Shetterly of the A-10 West Coast Demonstration Team, "And, like I said, it's my passion now.  So, if I can pass it on a little bit, that's the ultimate success for us. "

Part of the proceeds from the event will go to help the Memorial Hospital for Children in Colorado Springs.  The A-10 West Coast Demonstration Team had the opportunity to go to the hospital, meet the kids and they even presented the hospital with an autographed team photo. 

Sally Duncan of the Memorial Health System was there to accept the photograph and says of the children, "Sometimes they're in the darkest moments of their lives in the hospital and it's hard to imagine a future.  So, for them, it gives them something to imagine and that's so important in getting better."

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