During the Wings Over Whiteman Open House Saturday morning, U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights member Staff Sgt. John Clevenger signals the start of the aerial show by landing with the American flag at on the flight line at Whiteman Air Force Base.
Producing quite an explosion, a demonstration of a bombing run was detonated in the field to the southeast of the flight line during the A-10 Thunderbolt aerial show at the Wings Over Whiteman event Saturday afternoon.
The WAFB Open House featured many displays of vintage airplanes for visitors to tour. Pilot Dave Bernard, left, of Heber, Utah, and Dave Hansen, owner, clean a World War II bomber, a 1944 Lockheed PV-2, titled “Attu Warrior.” Hansen said the bomber flew out of the Attu Islands, along Alaska’s coast, against the Japanese during WWII and flew up until the last day of the war. The plane is operated through Warbird Warriors.
Free Bomb Train rides were give to children during Wings Over Whiteman. Henry Klempan, who rode in the jeep pulling the train, said the “train” seats were made with 500 pound bomb casings that could be used in the A-26B Invader titled “Lady Liberty” the group had brought to the air show. The Bomb Train was driving past a large KC-10 Extender, a mid-air refueler tanker.
Richard Cronn tightens up the push-rod gauge nuts to prevent oil leaks on a Grumman C-1A Trader named “Miss Belle.” Cronn said only 87 of these aircraft were built and the plane served the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Independence from 1958 to 1988. Cronn co-owns the plane with Doug Goss; the plane is based in Topeka, Kan.
A Twin Beech 18 with 450 horsepower motors, flown by Matt Younkin, performs aerial acrobatics for a large crowd at the WAFB Open House Saturday afternoon. The plane was built in 1943.
Aerial demonstrations were performed throughout the afternoon Saturday at the WAFB Open House. A group of six planes fly over F-16 Fighting Falcons belonging to the USAF Air Demonstration Squadron Thunderbirds who were expected to perform later in the day and on Sunday.