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Coyote Squadron sponsoring 9th Annual Corsicana Airsho

The Corsicana Coyote Squadron will celebrate the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Commemorative Air Force by hosting its 9th Annual Corsicana Airsho Saturday, May 12, 2007 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Corsicana Municipal Airport, C. David Campbell Field, located off of US 287, five miles southeast of Corsicana.
The Commemorative Air Force is dedicated to preserving, in flying condition, a complete collection of combat and training aircraft that were flown by Americans during World War II. These great airplanes are a tribute to the thousands of men and women who built, serviced and flew them in defense of the United States of America.
The Coyote Squadron, as a member of the Commemorative Air Force, has accepted the assignment of the PT19 “Daffy” to preserve as the newest member of the CAF’s illustrious fleet. The Corsicana airfield is a historic part of World War II. The field trained thousands of new pilots in the Fairchild PT19. The PT19 is sometimes referred to as the “Maker of Aces” for having trained some of the war’s pilots achieving ACE status.
The Coyote Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force is proud to house “Daffy” in the Tucker Hardgrave Memorial Hangar. The hangar is named after a longtime citizen of Corsicana, Tucker Hardgrave, who was a recipient of the Silver Star, The Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal.
To keep the PT19 on field, the squadron is now beginning a rigorous maintenance and repair program to ensure that this historic airplane continues to be a part of the legacy of the Commemorative Air Force.
The Coyote Squadron members said it is “with great pride” that the group presents its 9th Annual Corsicana Airsho as they work to continue not only the history of World War II aircraft, but also to preserve the historical significance of the Corsicana airfield and its place in history.
The general public is invited to attend and enjoy flying and static displays of World War II airplanes. There will be War Birds parked at the Corsicana Campbell Field for all to view up close as well as see them fly. Some of the historic airplanes attending are: World War II fighter from the Cavanaugh Flight Museum in Addison, the A26 Invader from the Ranger Wing in Waco, the BT15 from the DFW Wing in Lancaster, Zero from the Gulf Coast Wing in Houston, T6’s, PT19’s and L19 and many others. There will be many displays of World War II Warbirds and military equipment.
In addition to Warbirds, there will be several classic taildraggers such as the Globe Swift, Legend Cub, Champ, Luscomb, Cessna 170B and Cessna 185. There will also be a representative number of general aviation aircraft, including single, twin engine and helicopters.
A very special segment of the Airsho will be the formation flying. See these certified formation flight teams perform directly over the Corsicana Municipal Airport. The teams who will be participating will include the Texas V-Tails and the Falcon Flight.
In addition to aircraft displays and formation flying and fly-bys, there will be a special performance by Karen Brinkley in her 0-2 War Bird. The 0-2 Super Skymaster was put into service by the United States Air Force as a Forward Air Control and Light Observation Aircraft to complete such diverse tasks as marking targets for air strikes, giving strike briefings to incoming attach pilots and avoiding ground threats.
A special segment of the Corsicana Airsho will be dedicated to veterans and active duty military personnel. There will be a tent set up for them to view the events of the Airsho. There will be a special welcome banner set up at the entrance and at the tent. There will also be patriotic stickers for our military to wear to identify them as very special and honored people. There will be no entrance fee for veterans and active military personnel, with valid identification, and their families to the Airsho.
There will be an Antique Car and Classic Car display. These beautifully preserved antique cars from the Shakers and Scrapers Car Club of Corsicana and Cars of Palestine will be parked on the airport tarmac for viewing all during the show.
There will also be large-scale Remote Controlled Model Aircraft demonstrations by two radio controlled aircraft clubs, The Texas Heatwave Aerobatic Showteam and The Corsicana Miniature Aircraft Club.
There will also be booths set up for purchasing food and soft drinks and Italian Ice. There will also be vendor booths selling tee shirts and caps, model airplanes, crafts and many other items.
There will be a “Raffle for a Ride.” Raffle tickets will be sold for an airplane ride in a Fairchild PT 19 or a Beech Bonanza and also a helicopter ride in a Bell 206 Jet Ranger. The Fairchild PT 19 is a World War II primary trainer used at Corsicana and other airfields from 1942 to 1945 to train pilots how to fly. The helicopter ride will be given by Air Evac Lifeteam. Tickets will be sold during the show for $2 each or three for $5. The winning raffle tickets will be drawn at 2 p.m. Saturday. You must be present to win the airplane ride, which will be given Saturday afternoon over Corsicana and surrounding lake area. The helicopter ride can be scheduled anytime during the next year. The first winning ticket drawn will have their choice of an airplane or helicopter ride.
Airplane rides will also be available during the show for a donation to “Daffy”, the Coyote Squadron’s PT 19, for anyone interested in seeing the Corsicana area from the air.
Also located at the Corsicana Airport is the World War II Museum with photographs and memorabilia commemorating World War II service personnel trained at Corsicana airfield between 1942 and 1945. It is open to the public and there is no charge for admission to the Museum. Admission to the Airsho is $5 per person or $10 per car.
Many local businesses have joined as sponsors with the Coyote Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force to make it possible for the general public to see a part of aviation history on Saturday, May 12, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Corsicana Airport, C. David Campbell Field, located off of US Hwy 287, 5 miles south east of Corsicana.
“These businesses have helped us in our goal to perpetuate in the memory and the hearts of all Americans, the spirit in which these planes were flown in defense of our great nation,” said Coyote Squadron representative Ted Taylor.

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