Latrobe, PA (KDKA) — Birds aren’t just flying over Latrobe this weekend.
The Westmoreland County Air Show is back and is expected to attract a large number of people at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport. This year, it’s all about paying homage to the military aviation of the past and showing off some of the best modern aircraft of the US Navy and Air Force.
Lieutenant Jordan Azo, a US Navy F-18 Super Hornet pilot, and his team share the sky with the Air Force counterparts who fly the F-16 Falcons.
“You will see me pulling a lot of G, you will see me going really fast,” said USAF pilot Amy Fiedler.
And when Fiedler says fast, she means fast.
“I fly as .97 Mach somewhere at 800mph. If you blink, you’ll miss it,” Fiedler said.
Participants will also see the T-6 Texan filling the sky to train young Americans to fly and fight in World War II Pacific and European theaters.
“Nearly 14,000 were made,” said T-6 Texan pilot Kevin Russo. “Currently, there are about 400 or so left.”
The show is a marquee event at the airport and in the area. Gabe Monzo, Executive Secretary of the Westmoreland County Airport Authority, said the plane would bring people and benefits to local businesses.
“We think the economic effect is at least $ 5 million, and it’s pretty conservative,” he said.
According to Monzo, the airport expects more than 100,000 spectators in the two-day event. The gate opens at 10 am on Saturday at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport.
More than 100,000 people are expected for this weekend’s Westmoreland County Air Show
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