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Day One Of Duluth Airshow Brings In Large Crowds

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: July 07, 2018 10:37 PM

DULUTH- The 2018 Duluth Airshow kicked off Saturday and thousands of people brought their chairs and cameras to watch the performances.

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Kent Pietsch, an airshow performer, was excited to be part of his first ever Duluth Airshow.

“Well I’ve always wanted to come to Duluth. It’s got one of the best shows in the country," Pietsch said.

"I think it’s awesome that we can get up close and personal with all these planes, talk to the pilots," Lynn Roberts, an airshow attendee, said.

The weather seemed perfect for the first day of the airshow with clear blue skies.

"It’s our opportunity to tell the story of our grandfathers, our aunts, our uncles or even our fathers that served during the war. Not only the men, but also the women who make these airplanes,” Bill Tischer, a Commemorative Air Force Minnesota wing leader, said.

Julie Clark has been flying for almost 50 years and is happy to be back in the Northland for her second Duluth Airshow.

"I’m flying a Beechcraft T-34. It’s an old military trainer built in the 50’s, post Korean War. It taught many Air Force and navy pilots to fly. I’ve owned it for 42 years," Clark said.

Kent Pietsch's first Duluth Airshow involved several thrill-seeking performances.

"The airplane falling apart in the sky and the reason I show that is because I want people to know that an airplane can lose major flight controls. I’m losing a aileron and still fly fine," Pietsch said.

"The next act l land on top of an RV. A Class C motorhome and that motorhome is 20 feet long and the airplane is 25 feet long,” Pietsch said.

Roberts and her sister Renee Bushmaker were enjoying their first time at the airshow as a family.

"Oh my goodness, it’s so awesome. I can’t wait until the show starts. We went through one of the planes, sat in the cockpit, felt almost like a pilot," Roberts said.

Learning the history of amazing aircraft's and watching them fly above is what folks enjoy at the airshow.

"It’s the historical factor. There’s a 1942 plane that they used to fight during World War II. I mean, how interesting is that?! and what people went through to defend our country," Bushmaker said.

And it's the performers that love giving experiences that people will never forget.

"I thank god every day that I’ve been able to have such a great career and l always tell young kids I have the best seat in the house, up front, it’s the best office view," Clark said.

The airshow’s last day is Sunday.

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Alejandra Palacios

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