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Air show draws hundreds

October 30, 2004

Albany- As George Hall's pit special zips through the air spectators young and old are awestruck.

"I just like looking at them," says Riley Garza.

"I like the mans jumping out of airplanes," says Tyler White.

That kind of excited reaction is similar to what Navy veteran Edward Barron feels while looking at the old war planes on display at the air show.

"A lot of memories, yeah," he says.

But he isn't the only one who compared the air show to taking a trip down memory lane.

"A lot of these aircraft are old friends of mine you know," says David Williamson, Commander of American Legion Post 30.

Both men spent decades serving in Naval aviation.

"Preserving the old war birds is important," says Barron.

It's not only important for them, but for the future of aviation.

"This is what we've got to have. We've got to keep these people at the air field. We've got to get the young kids to the airports, get them on the parking ramp, get them around the airplanes, and get them up there because that's where the interest is generated," Williamson says.

As long as the interest is generated the veterans says there will be no limit to how high American aviation will soar.

In addition to U.S. military aircraft, there were also planes on display from Canada, Italy, Japan, France and Russia.

Posted at 5:40 PM by elaine.armstrong@walb.com