Redding Air Show takes flight

Sep 27, 2014 7:59 PM by Charlene Cheng

Sound barrier-breaking speeds, graceful acrobatics, and death-defying stunts.

All eyes were on the skies at the Redding Air Show.

"I think it would feel like a roller coaster or something," said three-time attendee Allen Boyd.

At this event, the pilots are the celebrities, including the anticipated headlining act, a thrilling jet team hailing from north of the border.

"I'm a member of the Canadian Snowbirds. We're a nine plane acrobatic demonstration team representing Canada," Captain Brett Parker said.

Fans waited in line to meet their aerial heroes.

"We're waiting for our autograph for Julie Clark. I'm excited to meet her because she's such a great flier," Samantha and John Ford said.

The field of aviation is still largely dominated by men, but with 35 years of experience under her belt, Julie Clark is a veteran in the industry.

Her signature patriotic salute in her 60-year-old vintage T-39 honors a different kind of veteran.

"It makes me feel good because they listened to my message about dedicating my heart today to all our veterans and our country and try to pull ourselves back together," Clark said.

Aerospace aficionados know that aircrafts carry with them a slice of history, and this year's show takes flight with the memory of one of their own.

"Eddie Andreini. He was a longtime performer in airshows and he'd been coming to our show for more than two decades and he was really special to our show," said Exchange Club of Redding member and show chairman Bill Wagner.

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