I love to fly. From turboprop passenger planes in the 1960's, when the cockpit doors usually were open and kids like me had a chance to meet the pilots while they were in flight. I will always remember one pilot who explained the radar screen as "Cowboys and Indians". Then in my later years, after I began my career in radio, I've had the chance to fly often. 13 times in hot air balloons, a trip up with the U.S. Army's Golden Knights Precision Parachute Team, in Chicago, where I watched the team jump from the aircraft and then later a dive in the jump plane to do a wing wave over the crowd in the grandstands as the pilots were introduced following the jump. I've flown with stunt pilots and many retired military pilots. One particular stunt pilot, at the Budweiser Air and Water Show, in Chicago introduced me to some real stunt flying. We took off from Meigs Field on Lake Michigan and we proceeded to do some stunts (he always asked me if I wanted to, before we did them). Upside down at 200 mph flying next to Lake Shore Boulevard, a barrel roll (he did it slow) and then he asked me if I wanted to do a 4G turn (4 X Gravity), of course, I said YES!! Right stick and right rudder and I could feel my whole body being pushed into the seat by the force of gravity (by the way, it was tandem seating, I was in the front). I've mocked strafed girls in bikini's on Sullivan's Island. South Carolina's beach with a pilot flying a T6, Korean War Era training aircraft, followed by a wing wave to the girls. Flown in the World War Two B17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber, in helicopters and more. I have a passion for flying and jump on the chance anytime I get one,to go up. I bring all this up because this weekend, August 17th and 18th, right here in Akron, at the Akron Municipal Airport, there is a family friendly show with aircraft, cars, motorcycles and more.
It's the Props and Pistons Festival, an affordable and fun experience for the whole family. You can see flying demonstrations, aircraft on display and even an automobile and custom motorcycle show. Plus, for the first time in over a decade Aerobatic aircraft will perform in the skies over Akron.
Props and Pistons will give visitors the chance to get up close and personal through airplane tours, warbird, biplane and helicopter rides. You'll see dozens of displays ranging from current military, WWII warbirds, commercial and specialty aircraft as well as other non-aviation displays. At this show you can see massive Air Force transport planes, such as the C-17 Globemaster or C-130 Hercules, plus there will be a FREE Kid's Zone, live music and food trucks.
Free parking and shuttle buses are available at Derby Downs parking lots.
I can tell you one thing for sure, if I can smooth talk my way onto one of those WWII warbirds for a flight around Akron, I surely will. I love to fly and as the stunt pilot said to me as the wheels left the runway at Meigs Field, Chicago, many years ago......."I have a parachute......you don't!"