Members from the liberty parachute team kicked off the fun for the 10th annual Golden West Regional Fly-In and Airshow Saturday. The skies above the Yuba County Airport were full of colored smoke and tumbling planes as hundreds of spectators watched in aw from the sidelines. " You can come here and buy an airplane if you want, you can take a class on how to learn to fly, fly in the mountains, how to build a plane", said Forums Coordinator John Gibson.
With more than 1,00 planes from all over the country, the show provides something for every enthusiast, including a bit of history. This B-25 flew the skies during World War II, and was used in ground attacks in 1944 on the Corsica Islands off the coast of Italy. Now it's used as a reminder of what our veterans did to help ensure our freedom. " To commemorate the world war two veterans, and to keep alive what people did back in the war", said B-25 pilot Spike McLane.
But above all, it was the planes in the sky that drew in the crowds. From loops and rolls, to spins and hammerhead stalls, pilots gave it their best. " It's one of the few shows on the west coast that has three women aerobatic pilot headliners", said Gibson. And fans certainly enjoyed the show they were given. " We saw the one girl that was flying around when the people jumped out of the airplane, it was really really cool", said Paradise resident Mitchell Wormood.
Helicopter and plane rides were also available, and dozens of hot rods and vintage cars were on display for viewers with a more grounded interest. But it's the speed in the sky that truly stole the show.