ALLEGHENY COUNTY AIRPORT CELEBRATES 75TH ANNIVERSARY BY HOSTING A TWO-DAY AIR FAIR FEATURING VINTAGE AND MILITARY AIRCRAFT
WEST MIFFLIN, PA (August 30, 2006)—The Allegheny County Airport Authority plans to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Allegheny County Airport by hosting a spectacular two-day Air Fair. The Air Fair will be held on Saturday and Sunday, September 9-10, 2006 at the Allegheny County Airport in West Mifflin, PA and is free and open to the public.
The two-day event will feature an impressive array of military and vintage aircraft. It is expected to attract thousands of families and aviation enthusiasts. The historical aircraft on display will include:
C-47 - Few aircraft are as well known or were so widely used for so long as the C-47 or "Gooney Bird" as it was affectionately nicknamed. The aircraft was adapted from the DC-3 commercial airliner which appeared in 1936. The first C-47s were ordered in 1940 and by the end of WW II, 9,348 had been procured for AAF use. They carried personnel and cargo, and in a combat role, towed troop-carrying gliders and dropped paratroops into enemy territory.
Junkers Ju 52 was a transport aircraft and bomber that saw both civilian and military service during the 1930s and 1940s.
P-51 Mustang was a long-range fighter aircraft that became one of World War II’s most successful and recognizable aircrafts.
SBD Divebomber was the U.S. Navy’s main dive bomber from mid-1940 until late 1943.
F4 Corsair was one of the fastest and most powerful aircraft of World War II and appeared as a regular in the television show, `Black Sheep Squadron.’
Stearman is one of the most easily recognized aircraft. Its simple construction, rugged dependability and nimble handling made the Stearman much loved by those who flew and trained on it. The Stearman Kaydet, as it was officially named, was the only American aircraft used during World War II that was completely standardized for both Army and Navy. Since World War II, the Stearman has had a long and full career as a trainer, crop duster and air show performer.
C-54 is a four-engine transport aircraft used by the United States Army Air Forces in World War II. One of the great transports in Air Force history, the C-54 played an important role in the Berlin Airlift and the Korean War.
L-21 Piper cubs, generically nicknamed “Grasshoppers,” were used extensively in World War II for reconnaissance, transporting supplies and medical evacuation.
Stinson L-5 Sentinel The L-5 was one of many U.S. general aviation aircraft pressed into military service for liaison and observation work during World War II.
C-130 operates throughout the U.S. Air Force, fulfilling a wide range of operational missions in both peace and war situations.
STAT MedEvac helicopters provide air medical transport to patients with critical illness or injuries.
Fly-Over: KC135 Stratotanker provides aerial refueling support to Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps aircraft as well as aircraft of allied nations.
Floatplane has slender pontoons mounted under the fuselage. Two floats are common, but many float planes of World War II had a single float under the main fuselage and two small floats on the wings.
For more information on this important community event, please visit www.flypittsburgh.com/75thAnn.jsp.