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COURTNEY SACCO/CALLER-TIMES Tora! Tora! Tora! performs during the Wings Over South Texas Airshow at Naval Air Station Kingsville on Saturday, April 9, 2016.
COURTNEY SACCO/CALLER-TIMES Tora! Tora! Tora! performs during the Wings Over South Texas Airshow at Naval Air Station Kingsville on Saturday, April 9, 2016.

The crowd at the Naval Air Station Kingsville tipped their heads back
to admire two T-28 Trojan planes as they completed a barrel roll in
close formation at the Wings of South Texas Airshow. The twin aircraft
then rocketed past the onlookers.

The voice of the Trojan Phlyers pilot Chip Lamb squawked over the PA
system over the familiar riffs of AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” as he flew one
of the two warbirds that returned to South Texas.

“We hope y’all are enjoying this as much as we are,” Lamb said from
the cockpit of the aircraft that he said was once stationed in Corpus
Christi. “Forty years ago, they were flying these same skies. We’re
honored to return.”

Families flooded the tarmac to watch the gravity-defying performances
of stuntman Rob Holland, the historical re-enactment of the
Commemorative Air Force’s “Tora Tora Tora” and the crowd-pleasing Blue
Angels.

“We’re out here to show our family good, wholesome fun,” Richard
Harrell said, leading his four-year-old son, who gripped a Blue Angels
replica in his hand.

The air show also featured static displays of modern and vintage aircraft.

The free two-day event, which continues Sunday, is not only a fun
family activity but also a tradition that is worth passing down, Dustin
Baker said.

“My grandmother brought me when I was a kid,” Baker said, snapping a
photo of his 9-year-old son, Andrew, in the cockpit of a Bell P-39
Airacobra. “I’ll be 80 years old, and the air show will still give me a
thrill.”

But the event leaves a much longer lasting impact than the click of a
camera. The air show encourages a new generation of Coastal Bend flyers
to trade replicas for reality.

“I want to be a pilot when I grow up,” Andrew said. “Every year, I come and learn more and more, and I’m going to do that, too.”

IF YOU GO

What: Wings Over South Texas Airshow

When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

Where: Naval Air Station Kingsville, East General Cavazos Boulevard

Cost: Free, general admission

Information: www.wingsoversouthtexas.com

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