Air Show Brings Out Thousands Despite Rain

By Stephanie Parkinson

September 1, 2012 Updated Sep 1, 2012 at 9:26 PM EDT

Fort Wayne, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – The military is providing a different service to its community this weekend as the 122nd Fighter Wing hosts The Fort Wayne Air Show. The weather was in question but they were able to put on a few hours of their planned show.

"This is something that we owe the community back is the opportunity to come out here to this base. It's theirs not mine, right? I just lead it. And enjoy all the airplanes and the airpower and the men and women that protect this great nation,” said Col. David Augustine, Commander, 122nd Fighter Wing.

Tens of thousands of people are in Fort Wayne for the air show this weekend. Everyone had their eyes to the sky Saturday watching fighter jets fly over the crowd, stunt planes perform right above the runway and even the U.S. Army Parachute Team jump from more than 10,000 feet. But one family says above all the F-22, the nation's newest fighter jet, was their favorite.

"It's so fast like when an F-22 is attacking you have no idea it's there,” said John Dumford, spectator.

"Knowing that it's the most advanced fighter in the whole wide world, seeing the speed and the power that it had, the sound that it could produce and just feeling it as it when by, it was great,” said Brian Dumford, spectator.

This is the first time in 13 years this air base has welcomed the public for an air show. Col. Augustine hopes it's a tradition that will continue.

"I'll tell you what, it's not going to be 13 years again. We'll hold another air show out here,” said Col. Augustine.

Augustine is new to Fort Wayne. He took over as commander of the 122nd last year. He says now he plans to host an air show every 3 to 4 years.

A second performance is planned for Sunday from noon to 4:00 p.m. as long as weather permits. Gates open at 9:00 a.m.




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