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Pilots Gear Up For Central Texas Airshow

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(KCEN) -- If you're looking to have some fun with the family this weekend, the Central Texas Airshow kicks off in Temple on Friday.

Aaron Taylor took his first solo flight at the age of 16 and this weekend, he'll hit the airshow skies in an iconic World War II aircraft: The North American AT-6 Texan.
"We do other ones around the country, but I enjoy this because it's kind of the hometown show being from Central Texas," Taylor said.

Adrenaline junkie Andrew Wright can roll over in less than one second in his aerobatic plane made entirely of lightweight carbon fiber.

"I'll be flying straight up at the entry of the show," Wright said. "Pull a vertical...250 miles per hour at 10 feet."

Along with high speed tumbles and rolls with G-forces up to 10, that's 10 times a person's normal weight.
"It's very disorienting for the pilot, Wright laughed. "Especially the first., oh I don't know, 100 times."
For airshow coordinator Beth Jenkins, it's all about the B-25, a World War II bomber known as the "Devil Dog."
"Our goal is to keep her flying and so we've put in probably close to $300,000 in the last five years to maintain her," Jenkins said.

Money raised from the airshow will keep her in shape not only for spectators, but also pilots who say they fly these war planes for one very special reason.

"To honor the veterans that flew these airplanes during that period and made our country what it is," Aaron Taylor said.

Airshow Times
Friday, May 2, 2014: 4:00PM - 9:30PM
Saturday, May 3, 2014: 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Sunday, May 4, 2014: 10:00AM - 6:00PM



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