Flying high at Aviation Day

Posted on November 16, 2011


Streaks of color patterned across the blue-sky Saturday as antique aircraft flew through the air with the greatest of simplicity at the sixth annual Aviation Day.

The aircraft included an open-cockpit, orange-and-red biplane from World War II and the star of the show, a North American P-51D Mustang fighter with black stripes on the wings.

The free event, presented by the Lee County Port Authority at Page Field in Fort Myers, was a hit with families, aircraft buffs and especially veterans who came to revisit and remember good times shared.

“The P-51 makes the hair stand up on my neck,” said Bill Kelly, 91, of south Fort Myers, a World War II U.S. Army Air Forces vet.

George Pesko, 75, a Korean War vet who served in the Marines, was also moved by the plane.

“I’m impressed with the way it flies and the speed it goes,” Pesko said. “I heard what good it did in the war.”

The fighter joined about 70 airplanes, including a two-seater plane used by the Army for training.

The show brought in 6,000 people last year, and the crowd Saturday was at least as big.

When Pesko was asked what he thought of the aircraft turnout he replied with a tear in his eye, “Impressive, but what I flew was better.”





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