Rare aircraft to take to skies Saturday in Denton

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Visitors to the 2013 Denton Airshow view vintage planes on the tarmac at Denton Enterprise Airport. This year’s show is on Saturday.

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

A pilot with the Commemorative Airforce will fly a P-51D 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 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 cost $10 per person at the gate, or $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 cost $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.

PEGGY HEINKEL-WOLFE can be reached at 940-566-6881 and via Twitter at @phwolfeDRC.


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