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Fourteen bumps on the cowling of a Cessna 195 show where the seven cylinders of its engine are located. The plane was on view during the Denton Airshow in 2010. This year’s show returns to Denton Enterprise Airport on Saturday morning.

Denton Airshow leans on vintage aircraft, aerobatics

AWorld War II-era fighter plane will be among many rare aircraft featured at the Denton Airshow on Saturday at Denton Enterprise Airport.

Members of the Commemorative Airforce will fly a P51 D Mustang during a three-hour show that begins at 11 a.m.

While this will be the second year without a military demonstration — budget cuts continue to limit those public appearances — the show has a wide variety of vintage and aerobatic aircraft, according to event spokeswoman Amanda Addington.

The show features the Freedom Flyers, the Texas Twisters, Texas T-Cart and other pilots known for their stunning aerobatics, including Steven Afeman, Adam Baker, Jeremy Holt, Russell Husband, Curt Richmond and Andrew Wright.

Organized by David Schultz Airshows, the annual event at Denton Enterprise Airport helps promote the history of aviation and inspire the next generation of aviators, Addington said.

Many of the pilots featured in the show have retired from military service and commercial aviation, but perform at air shows around the country.

“They are flying aircraft they have restored and maintain,” Addington said.

Denton Enterprise Airport is located 5000 Airport Road. Gates open at 8 a.m. and tickets are $10 per person at the door, or for $6 if purchased online through Friday at www.denton.schultzairshows.com.

Children under 6 are admitted free.

Short helicopter rides over the city will be offered beginning at 9 a.m. for $40 per person.

A breakfast with the pilots begins at 8:30 a.m. Tickets are $4.

Parking will be available at Apogee Stadium and Fouts Field on the University of North Texas campus with free bus transportation provided to and from the airport beginning at 8 a.m.

For more information, call 1-877-503-8499.


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