Growing up, there were times that we would travel to some air shows particularly in Kansas City and other areas. The one in Kansas City, I remember there were static displays of World War II bombers like the B-25 or a B-29, fighter jets from Vietnam and other historical planes.

Growing up, there were times that we would travel to some air shows particularly in Kansas City and other areas. The one in Kansas City, I remember there were static displays of World War II bombers like the B-25 or a B-29, fighter jets from Vietnam and other historical planes.
With the planes, one could walk inside the bomber or look inside the fighter jets, have your picture taken and listen to the pilots as they talked about their aircraft.
Last Friday, my Dad and I traveled to the Branson Airport. They had a traveling AirPower History Museum, where they flew in a few airplanes including a P-51 and a B-29. The B-29 is one of my favorite planes and it is Dad's as well. When I was about 7, I remember Mom purchasing gifts for Greg and I to give to Dad. Of course, it was the same that Dad would purchase gifts for us to give to Mom. My gift was a B-29 to give to Dad. The plane came in a huge box and Dad loves to build models. For years, he would always say, "one of these days, I am going to build that plane." I think he has started it. LOL. A few years ago, I built a smaller version of the B-29 and gave it to him.
When we got to the airport, the B-29 had just taken off with passengers taking a 20-minute flight around Branson. When they returned, the plane was ready for the spectators to look and even go up into the cockpit area to see the inside of the plane. It was a dream come true for both of us.
Being a history buff like my parents, a few years ago, Dad and I had the thrill of a lifetime. The B-17 Liberty Belle landed at the Joplin Airport. My Dad and I had the unique opportunity to see and take a flight in the B-17. The 20-minute flight was an eternity for us. Once we were in the air, we could walk around looking at the different positions such as the waist gunners, radio room, top turret, navigator seat, pilot seat and the bombardier seat. That will be something that Dad and I will treasure forever.
Another air show that comes to mind is one that occurred in Kansas City. The aircraft were flying over specific targets and simulating a bomb attack. It was neat to see how they maneuvered the techniques and the public enjoyed the show.
I have also been to the airplane museum in Dayton, Ohio, where countless upon countless aircraft were displayed. If you have a chance, I encourage you to go and see that museum.





Todd G. Higdon is the managing editor and writes a weekly column. He can be reached at thigdon@ neoshodailynews.com.