Tuesday, December 07, 2010

TOP STORY >> Base air show gets top prize at convention

This year’s Little Rock Air Force Base air show took top honors at the international air show convention Tuesday in Las Vegas.

The Air Force Thunderbirds, which headlined the air show in October, helped name LRAFB’s biennial show the best in the nation.

Annabelle Davis, executive secretary of the Little Rock Air Force Base Community Council, spread the news to council members after the announcement.

“This is a big deal,” she said. “This is huge.”

She said Chris Roberts, who heads Air Power Arkansas, the local group which helps organize the air show, relayed the news as soon as it was announced.

Air Power Arkansas also helps organize the air rodeo competition on alternate years when the air show is not being held.

This year’s air show, “Thunder Over the Rock,” drew some 250,000 people Oct. 9-10.

The Army Golden Knights parachute team also appeared at the air show.

Other attractions included several C-130s, the Super Hornet, Canadian Skyhawks, Otto the Helicopter, Mike Rinker and “Pink Floyd,” Shockwave jet truck, Alabama Boys and “Tora, Tora, Tora” World War II fighter planes and others.

Local businesses contributed $50,000 to make the air show possible.