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Warbirds Over Hondo canceled

By Diane Cosgrove
Anvil Herald Staff

After many months of hard work putting together their second annual airshow, it all came apart Friday afternoon for the Commemorative Air Force’s Tex Hill Wing. Wing Leader Larry Stacy had the disappointing task of announcing that the much-anticipated Warbirds Over Hondo had to be canceled.

A phone call from the group who was to provide fire safety support pulling out of the event was the first of several issues contributing to its demise.

Soggy grounds following a deluge of rain in the area eliminated nearly all of the needed parking for the anticipated crowd. City officials determined vehicles would likely become mired in the muddy fields, creating a big problem.

Multiple alternative parking scenarios were considered then discarded, as all would result in potential safety issues for an emergency response in the event of an accident, Stacy said. The event could have been a great show, with many of the aircraft present and folks enjoying a wonderful air extravaganza, he noted, but if one person was hurt, it would not have been worth it. Safety is always paramount.

“For the few (attendees) who came (on Saturday),” Stacy said, “We had the L-5 on display, the Tex Hill Wing PX where business was brisk, several Parakeets (home-built aircraft) on display, jeep rides and free airplane rides for kids offered by Experimental Aircraft Association’s Young Eagles.”

One child who had the opportunity to fly was Mackenzie Pulley of Hondo, a student in Mrs. White’s GT class at Woolls Intermediate. Earlier in the school year, she and her classmates raised $1,500 to become a sponsor of the Wing’s L-5 aircraft. (In recognition of their efforts, the Wing allowed the class to name the aircraft. They chose Fearless Falcon.) Pulley became the first from her class to fly in the Fearless Falcon.

Stacy said the THW is considering another date to hold the show, promising to let the Anvil Herald know when it is confirmed.




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