Wing walker out for Saturday Aviation Day

The Columbus Municipal Airport is announcing that tomorrow’s wing-walker act during Aviation Day has been canceled due to an illness, but there are two acts that will replace it.

Dave Dacy Airshows announced Thursday that “unfortunately, earlier this week Dave had a medical issue arise, and after consulting with doctors, and drawing from his 40+ year 100% Safety Record as a Professional Airshow Pilot, in the interest of safety and good operating practices, regrettably, will be unable to perform.”

The free airshow will still take place at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. but with two new participants:

Michael Kennedy of Lebanon, Tenn., will bring his historic Vultee BT-13 to Columbus as part of the Airshow. The BT-13 served as America’s basic trainer during World War II and taught thousands of military pilots to fly throughout the 1930’s and 1940’s. Michael will showcase many of the same maneuvers taught over seventy years ago.
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The second new act is a Shorts MK1 Tucano flown by Lee Leet of Louisville, Ky. Leet will fly the two-seat military turboprop aircraft used for basic training by the Royal Air Force and many other countries around the world. The flight demonstration will showcase the speed of this very successful military turboprop aircraft. Click for more information.

The show will still include aerobatic acts Mike Vaknin in a 400 horse power Extra 300L and Billy Werth in his bi-wing Pitts S2C.

The airport staff are also warning for you to be alert to the high heat expected for tomorrow — up to 95 degrees. There will be shade available in the hangars and a cooling station in the basement of the aviation terminal. Staff suggests that you  stay hydrated throughout the day and bring chairs or blankets to rest while watching the air shows.

Aviation Day will be from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. For more information, you can check their Facebook page.