May 7, 2008 Edition

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Event held at museum

Stephen and Lexi Allen of Walnut Ridge watch Saturday's air show with their daughter, Gisele. The show concluded two days of events sponsored by the Walnut Ridge Army Flying School Museum.
TD Photo ~ Gloria Wilkerson
Gloria Wilkerson
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The Walnut Ridge Army Flying School Museum's two-day Arkansas Heritage Event concluded Saturday afternoon with a mini air show at Walnut Ridge Regional Airport"s Swindle Field.

The museum was open to visitors who enjoyed the exhibits and had an opportunity to shop in the museum's gift shop. Both the museum and gift shop were open Friday and Saturday.

A history workshop was held on Friday afternoon, and a youth program with elected officials and party leaders was held that evening. Beverly Wright and daughter, Bethany, entertained the group.

On Saturday, a military C-130 from the Jacksonville Air Base was on hand for walk-through tours and a hands-on experience. Several other aircrafts were on static display.

Earlier in the day, the fly-in breakfast and FAA safety meeting for pilots drew an overflow crowd.

During the air show, Clint Allen provided a performance of daring feats in his acrobatic plane dubbed "Matilda."

The free show had beautiful weather despite the strong wind, and approximately 450 people attended the various activities. The program was made possible in part by a grant from the Department of Arkansas Heritage, funded by the 1/8 cent conservation tax.

"Many people helped to make this a successful event," said Harold Johnson, museum president.

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