Originally created 10/22/06

10,000 show up for aerial celebration



VIDEO: Watch highlights of aerial acrobatics performed at Boshears Skyfest. [2 min. 55 sec.]

Andrea Yingling said Boshears Skyfest is more than just entertainment for children.

"To see re-enactments of a historical moment is important," said Ms. Yingling, an Augusta resident who attended the Skyfest at Daniel Field with her children Saturday. "This is an opportunity (for them to get) a glimpse of history (which educators) don't have time to do in the classroom."

The Yinglings were a few of what organizers said was possibly the largest one-day crowd to attend the Skyfest - more than 10,000 people.

The event continues today with another historical re-enactment by the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation's Sky Soldiers demonstration team and stunt pilots who appear to defy gravity as they zoom over the tarmac at blazing speed, climbing hundreds of feet in near vertical ascents followed by steep dives and other aerial acrobatics.

Brad Kyzer, the chairman of the Skyfest, said he was confident the sky soldiers' re-enactment of a Vietnam War-era air ground assault mission employing seven helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft would rivet the attention of the thousands in attendance.

"We'll have pyrotechnics with a lot of smoke, a lot of noise (and) a lot of fire," Mr. Kyzer said. "Every kid in Augusta ought to get a chance to see it."

Walter Chess, of Augusta, who attended the Skyfest with friends, said he was enjoying the energy of the crowds.

"(You can) see a lot of people getting together and having fun," Mr. Chess said.

Reach Nathan Dickinson at (706) 828-3904 or nathan.dickinson@augustachronicle.com.

BOSHEARS SKYFEST

When: Today; gates open at 9 a.m. First airshow is at 2 p.m.

Where: Daniel Field, 2803 Wrightsboro Road.

Cost: Tickets cost $15 at the gate. Children 12 and under get in free.