Sep 18, 2011 2:43 PM by Matt Stafford

Despite tragedies, local air show still a go for next weekend

Two air shows have been cancelled within 24 hours because of fatal crashes. A World War 2 era P-51 Mustang crashed into a group of spectators in Reno, Nevada, Friday; killing nine, including the pilot, and injuring more than 50 people. Another WWII plane -- a T-28 -- crashed in a West Virginia air show on Friday, also killing the pilot.

Colorado Springs has its own air show coming up; the In Their Honor Air Show will be at Fort Carson next weekend. Several planes, including ones from the WWII era, will be soaring over Colorado Springs on Saturday and Sunday.

The crashes from over the weekend have local race organizers talking safety. They feel horrible about what happened in Nevada and West Virginia, but they say there are differences between what happened there and the show they're still planning to put on here.

John O'Donnell - chairman of the In Their Honor Air Show -- points out that this is an "air show," not an "air race" like in Nevada, Friday; O'Donnell says that will keep the planes away from spectators.

Also, O'Donnell says the WWII planes will not be showing off maneuvers with other planes at the Colorado Springs show -- like they were in West Virginia. O'Donnell says those planes will fly a pretty basic pattern so that everyone can see them.

"I think we all take a look at what can happen in life and we're shocked when we do see things that are tragic going on, but I think people can rest assured that we've put on a safe show for many, many years here and this will be a safe show," says O'Donnell.

Next weekend's air show is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Butts Army Air Field on Fort Carson. Civilians can get on post through Gate 6 -- just south of the main gate on Highway 115.

For more information on the In Their Honor Air Show, click here.


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