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Annual top U.S. air show kicks off in Houston

2016-October-24       Source: Xinhuanet.com

The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Wings Over Houston air show -- one of the top air shows in the United States -- kicked off at the Ellington Airport in the western U.S. state of Texas on Saturday.

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The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Wings Over Houston air show -- one of the top air shows in the United States -- kicked off at the Ellington Airport in the western U.S. state of Texas on Saturday.

The two-day annual CAF air show is dedicated to showcasing vintage World War II aircraft, along with the thrills of modern aviation.

The air show features the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels, F-35 and Pearl Harbor Remembrance HOUSTON. Joining the Blue Angels is an array of incredible aerial performances such as an Air Force Heritage Flight featuring F-16 Falcon, P-47 Thunderbolt and F-35 Lightening II Stealth Fighter.

The event also aims to commemorate 75 anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese military.

Although too many to list, some other airmen appearing will be modern military aircraft on display, including the F-35A Lightening II Stealth 22 Fighter, the B-52 Strato fortress, the C-17 cargo plane and more.

Vintage World War II-era warbirds -- including one of the largest arrays of U.S. fighters and bombers flown in any air show in the nation, as well as rare planes such as a British Spitfire and one of the world's only flying Japanese Zero fighters -- will perform reenactments and fly in formations.

The air show attracts more than 90,000 festival goers throughout Houston as well as from around the country.

Collecting, restoring and flying vintage historical aircraft for more than half a century, the CAF has more than 13,000 members and a fleet of 165 airplanes distributed throughout the country to 76 CAF units for care and operation.

The CAF is also dedicated to honoring U.S. military aviation through flight, exhibition and remembrance.

Editor: Will

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