Families Enjoy Hawkins Field Air Show - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Jackson 04/26/08

Families Enjoy Hawkins Field Air Show

Hawkins Field in Jackson is 80 years old this year.  It's a great occasion for the annual Airfest and Airshow, held Saturday.  

Members of the Golden Knights U.S. Army parachute team floated from the sky, and aircraft took off into the clouds during the free show, which draws about 2,000 spectators.  Families also got a chance to inspect Blackhawks and other military aircraft on the ground.

"I like the paratroopers coming down with the smoke spinning, that was pretty cool," said 11-year-old William Griffin of Jackson. 

"I kinda like to just see how the planes used to be in all the wars and stuff," said his brother, Stephen. 

The show was a success Saturday, despite the cloud cover and threat of rain.  "We have the jet truck, a truck that reaches 300 miles per hour, we have the Tora Tora Tora group, a re-enactment of Pearl Harbor," said Alvin Beamon, Operations and Security Manager for Hawkins Field.

Hawkins Field serves the Mississippi Army National Guard 185th Aviation Brigade, as well as business and private airplanes.

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