GENESEO — Pilots, airplane fans and families looking for an exciting weekend outside came into formation over the weekend on the National Warplane Museum’s grass airfield on Big Tree Lane.
This year, the airshow especially honored women in aviation. Several new acts and a few airshow favorites arrived to perform: three B-25 bombers; Geneseo’s favorite P-51 Mustang Fighter, ‘Quick Silver;’ the F4U4 Corsair, ‘Godspeed;’ the P-40 Warhawk, ‘Jackie C;’ the giant C-46, ‘Tinker Belle;’ and of course the National Warplane Museum’s treasured C-47, ‘Whiskey 7.’
“Tinker Belle is a C-46 Curtiss Commando, she has been flying since 1944,” said flight crew member Bruce Gorrel. “We love Geneseo and will be back next year.”
Tinker Belle and her crew came up from Monroe, North Carolina.
Spectators make the drive from near and far to see the planes and participate in the National Warplane Museum’s mission to honor veterans current and past. Justin Cogswell, CEO and founder of Operation Build Up, presented the keys for a donated vehicle to an unsuspecting veteran without means for transportation.
“We love the airshow because of how relaxed it is here,” said Kent and Michelle Kobe. They drive up from Syracuse and camp in Letchworth for the airshow. “We have been coming for the last four years. I like to watch the Waco and the Stearman planes.”
Check out some short video clips from Saturday shot by Jake Vattimo.