Mon, Sep 01, 2003
First-Ever Warbird Fly-In At Lenawee County Airport
The roar of radial engines fills the air as warbirds from around
the country flew into Lenawee County Airport in Madison Township
(MI) Saturday. The Daily Telegraph in Adrian (MI) reports
the main attractions at the fly-in were a P-51D Mustang and members
of the Tuskegee Airmen.
Airport manager Hazel Jacobs tells the Daily Telegraph
that the whole thing started when she got a call from Detroit
Aviation Safety Counselors, which was looking for a fly-in host. "I
said sure," Jacobs said. "Then it just grew and grew and grew."
The Mustang is owned by Jack Roush, who restored it as "The Old
Crow." It was piloted by WW II ace Bud Anderson in the 1940s. Roush
parks at Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti (MI). Lt. Col. Alexander
Jefferson, who was a member of the all-black Tuskegee Airmen, said
flying was "like driving a Porsche -- smooth." Jefferson signed
autographs and chatted with attendees. "I think it's important for
these boys for later, when they understand it better," Chris Fink
said. His grandsons had their photos taken with Jefferson. "It's a
real thrill to meet a real hero for a change."
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