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Fighter planes in air show<BR>Air Force jets to fly at Kingman event

An aircraft like those that supported troops in Iraq with firepower will fly during the Kingman Air and Auto Show.

The performance will be put on by the U.


Air Force Air Combat Command Single Ship Demonstration Team, event president Bob Najaka said.

The ninth annual Kingman Air and Auto Show will be held October 4-5 at Kingman Airport off Route 66 just north of the city.

The demonstration team is from Davis Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson.

The A-10/AO-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft that will appear at the show is not assigned to the team.

That particular plane is assigned to the 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

A 15-minute performance of precision aerial maneuvers demonstrates the capability of A-10, which can fly near battle areas for an extended time and be called in by controllers with ground forces to attack enemy positions

The Air Force Air Combat Command Heritage Flight Team also will appear at the Kingman show, Najaka said.

The team was established in 1977 as part of the Air Force's 50th anniversary and flies modern fighters in close formation in shows with World War II or Korean War-era fighter planes.

The modern Air Force fighters are piloted by the six demonstration pilots and the vintage planes by civilians.

The vintage planes fly immediately after the modern fighters' demonstration.

One of the vintage planes in Kingman will be a P-38 Lightning.

"We are honored to have been selected from the many shows that apply for USAF participation by either one of these demonstrations," Najaka said.

"The fact that we were selected for both of them is another indication of the recognition of the Kingman Air and Auto Show's excellent reputation for professionalism and safety."

Najaka is a former F-4 Phantom jet fighter pilot.

"We will be celebrating the centennial of flight during the show and the Heritage Flight will be a key part of that," he said.

"Planes dating back to World War I, as well as many war birds, will be included in the celebration."

Admission to the show is $8.00, with children 12 and under admitted free.

Visit www.kingmanairshow.com for more information or call 928-692-9599.