An unusual AC-47D gunship of the Vietnam era, known as “Spooky,” will be part of the Virginia Regional Festival of Flight this coming weekend, April 28-29.
This 1944 Douglas DC-3C-R was restored into a flying status as the famous “Spooky” or “Puff the Magic Dragon” gunships used for close air support of United States troops in the Vietnam war.
Warbirds of America Squadron 14, Inc. has restored this AC-47 Gunship used during the Vietnam War in the markings of John Levitow’s airplane in which he received the Congressional Medal of Honor, Spooky 770 (N2805J).
A new feature of the fly-in this year is a Parade of Flight on Saturday, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. during which antiques, classics, homebuilts and light sport aircraft will fly over the airport. During this hour the airport will be closed by NOTAM.
During the day see and examine these aircraft and talk to the owners. Also browse aviation vendor displays; attend 28 aviation-related educational forum sessions and four workshop sessions. There will also be a Woman’s Tent with expanded demonstrations and activities.
Get into the air at the Festival of Flight by taking a ride in either a helicopter or airplane. And if you are a kid, 8-17 years old, bring a parent on Sunday and take a Young Eagles flight. Rides will only be given from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, but registration for the rally is available Saturday and Sunday morning.
If you are flying in, you’ll find 100LL fuel prices are $5.25 a gallon, self-service or full service, organizers note. Or you also have the choice of self-service auto gas for $4 a gallon.
For information: www.VirginiaFlyIn.org
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