Dozens of planes from all eras of aviation history were on display and took to the sky for the Cavalcade of Planes, an event hosted by Bolingbrook’s Clow International Airport.
The Cavalcade of Planes also offered up close and personal looks at other types of vehicles, such as helicopters, gunships, and ground transportation. Plane owners in attendance showing off their personal aircrafts share a common bond and excitement, and try to pass it on to those in attendance.
“I look for every opportunity to fly — grab a sandwich, fly around in circles — and all pilots share that same…passion to get up in the air,” said plane owner Marc Epner. “We have some kids here, and you can catch [the passion]. They’re six or seven, like when I was six or seven, writing to aircraft companies, opening up the brochures on the bed and saying, someday I’m going to get to fly one of these things. That’s happening now and we see it at shows like this.”
Vehicles from the Armed Forces were well represented at the event, and attendees learned a few lessons.
“[I see] perspective of what fighters do for our country, [and] the freedom that we enjoy,” said Bolingbrook resident Koyode Ojo.
Children and parents were able to climb into the cockpits of many of the planes on display. Surprisingly, reactions from parents were similar to those of the future pilots.
“It’s pretty amazing, and I have to tell you, [the kids’] reaction isn’t that different than the 30 and 40-somethings, and always wanted to [fly],” said Epner. “They’re saying, ‘Hey Johnny, do you want to sit in the plane?’ And I always know they really want to.”
Skydivers and a surprise flyover from the iconic B-2 Stealth Bomber helped round out the weekend’s festivities, and the reactions were all the same.
“Their eyes are like, oh my God, this is cool. And I don’t know how to describe it any other way than that,” said Epner.
This year’s Cavalcade of Planes was its most successful year yet, with over 15,000 people in attendance during the two day event. By teaching aviation history to both young and old, events like this keep alive our nation’s rich history in the sky.
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