A large assortment of civilian and vintage military aircraft will be on display — both on the ground and in the air — this Saturday during the annual Wing Nuts Flying Circus Air Show at the Gould Patterson Memorial Airport in Tarkio.
Main events and fly-bys begin at noon and will feature such top pilots as John Klatt, John Mohr, Gary Rower and Michael Kennedy.
Klatt, a Lt. colonel in the Air National Guard, is known for thrilling air show audiences nationwide with his blend of precision, power and performance. During his military career, he has undertaken combat, air support and humanitarian missions all over the world while flying the F-16 Fighting Falcon and C-130 Hercules aircraft.
Other show attractions will include a Red Bull Helicopter demonstration, the AeroShell T-6 Aerobatic Team, a World War II training demonstration, the Texas Flying Legends, a Corsair and Japanese Zero demonstration and a Beechcraft Texan II demonstration.
"The venue provides a grassroots, old-style experience, and a lot of aviation history is integrated into our air show, which gets us the top acts in the county," said Wing Nuts manager/director Brooks Hurst. "We're very happy to be able to provide such a sought-after show to a small agricultural community."
Sixth District U.S. Rep. Sam Graves, himself a pilot, grew up on the land where the airport is located and will host an aviation "town hall" meeting at 10 a.m. at the Experimental Aircraft Association hangar.
The session will include discussions with government officials, lawmakers, aviation experts and pilots.
For more information about this year's show, go to www.wingnutsflyingcircus.com or call (816) 244-6927 or (816) 262-8500.