Military planes, stunt fliers highlight Carroll air show Simulated napalm runs to be part of 2-day event

June 19, 1998|By Brenda J. Buote | Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF

Don't be alarmed if you hear bombs going off in Westminster this weekend.

Air Force pilots will be at the Jack B. Poage Airshow, setting off false bombs and making simulated napalm runs at Carroll County Regional Airport.

Demonstrations by the Air Force's A-10 Thunderbolt II Firepower Demo Team will be the highlight of the two-day show, expected to attract more than 15,000 people.

"It'll look and sound like the aircraft are firing something off, but it's completely safe," said David Schultz, air show coordinator.

The A-10 Thunderbolt aircraft are used by the Air Force to protect ground crews and destroy enemy tanks. According to Schultz, "They can destroy the most heavily armored tanks." The Air Force displays them at about 20 air shows each year.

Two of the aircraft will fly at 4 p.m. each day, and a third will be on display for ground inspection. More than 70 military and stunt planes will take part in the show.

The B-25 Mitchell, a bomber that served in the North African campaign of World War II, will be on display and flying between 2: 30 p.m. and 3 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday. Another military highlight will be the F-117A stealth fighter, which will fly between 1: 30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday.

"We're really excited about having the stealth fighter at the show," Schultz said.

Military planes and helicopters from the Korean and Vietnam wars and Operation Desert Storm will be on display.

Stunt fliers include Matt Chapman, a member of the 1998 U.S. Aerobatic Team; Ned Surratt from Bel Air in his Mid-Wing Special; and Roger Lehnert, who will land his J3 Cub on a pickup truck.

"They'll be something for everyone -- from the 3-year-old who wants to see a helicopter to the World War II veteran who wants to see the old war birds," Schultz said.

Gates open at 9 a.m., with flying from 12: 30 p.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 to 12. Children under age 5 are admitted free. No parking will be allowed along Route 97 or New Meadow Branch Road behind the airport. Free parking will be available at the airport. Information: 410-876-7200.

Pub Date: 6/19/98

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