ATLANTA — Historic warbirds and today’s top aerobatic pilots will help celebrate a century of aviation at Peachtree-DeKalb Airport on Saturday during the Good Neighbor Day Open House and Airshow.
Great weather is forecast as a crowd of nearly 40,000 is expected to turn out to see the flight demonstration’s of Team Aeroshell and the Lima Lima Flight Team. Aerobatic pilots Greg Koontz, Gary Ward, and Larry King are a few of the top performers scheduled to attend the one day airshow.
The pilots of Team Aeroshell will provide the crowds with a heart pounding, fast paced performance as they take their aircraft through a dozen dizzying maneuvers.
“We do the same thing as the Blue Angels and the Thunderbirds except we do it in propeller driven airplanes,” Aeroshell pilot Steve Gustafson stated as we spoke on the flightline on Thursday. “We’re like the earlier version of that before we had all the jets.”
Watching Aeroshell’s four red and white AT-6 Texan aircraft cut across the blue sky of north Atlanta will give the airshow audience a true look into history as the team performs in what the aces of the second world war called The Pilot Maker.
“We perform close formation lops, wing overs, barrel rolls, and break up and rejoin maneuvers,” Gustafson explained. “People must enjoy it, we’ve been doing it for a long time and people keep inviting us back.”
Team Aeroshell’s thirty-two year tradition nevers gets old for Gustafson who holds the title as the only original member of the team still flying. “It’s a lot of fun and the Texan is a good airplane,” he added.
The family fun afternoon will also feature a jump-n-slide, large inflatables, and sand castle building for the children plus food and snack concessions. Everyone can also enjoy $40 aircraft flights, such as the Waco bi-plane or a helicopter, from the airfield most of the day.
Admission is free to the public and parking is $10.00. Guests can enjoy MARTA as trains deliver you to either Chamblee or Decatur stations and then bus over to the airshow site.
(Charles Atkeison reports on aerospace and technology. Follow his updates via social media @Military_Flight.)