Young, old like local air show

William Thompson

The Rotary Club Air Show attracted many onlookers Wednesday to Tucumcari Municipal Airport. The crowd’s attention was riveted to the skies above Quay County as a number of historic and contemporary planes flew loops and death-defying stunts. Tucumcari Middle School student Michelle Fazekas said she would not mind going for a spin at high altitude. “It’s so cool that all these planes are here,” said Fazekas. I like them all. I’d like to go for a ride on all of these planes.” Fazekas’ friend, Mercedes Esquibel, attended her third air show in a row. “I like watching the planes do tricks in the air,” said Esquibel. “They’re really loud and it’s fun to watch them even though it burns your eyes to look up at the sky all day.”

There was time between acts for area residents and out-of-towners to mingle and sample a variety of food. Turkey legs at $5 each were selling fast with corn on the cob a close second. Terry Bunker, a former pilot from Albuquerque, waited in line at a food booth.
“This has to be the best air show I’ve attended,” said Bunker. I really like the biplanes of the Red Baron Pizza Squadron. They are noisy but fun to watch.”

Logan resident Robert Abercrombie said he was glad to see a Blackhawk helicopter at the show. “There seems to be more planes and stuff at this year’s show,” said Abercrombie. It’s cool that they’ve gone to the trouble to fix up those old planes.” Todd Finnecy came to the show from Amarillo with a contingent of Palo Duro High School students dressed in their U.S. Air Force Junior ROTC uniforms. “I really like the A-!0,” said Finnecy. “They call it the ‘tank killer.’ It played an important role in Desert Storm and it has machine guns that can fire 1000 rounds a minute.”
Many visitors, including Jake Abercrombie, said they were especially looking forward to the Canadian Snowbirds flying team. “The precision of their flying is amazing,” said Abercrombie. “They fly so close together, but all of the planes here are good.”

Overall, the Red Baron Pizza Squadron biplanes and the Canadian Snowbirds proved to be the most popular acts. Many other commemorative planes were on display
A favorite was the TBM fighter brought to the show by the Colorado Commemorative Air Force. Amber Gutierrez, climbed down into the cockpit, took hold of the controls and imagined she was zooming through the clouds.