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World War II aircraft ready for Arctic Thunder

By KTVA CBS 11 News 11:33 PM July 23, 2014
ANCHORAGE –

Alaska’s largest event in terms of attendance is only days away. Arctic Thunder 2014 is expected to draw 250,000 people over the weekend.

“It’s just [an] outstanding presentation of acrobatics, engineering and flight and the spirit of the military,” said David Peters with the Alaska Air Show Association.

Some of the World War II planes were on display at Merrill Field Wednesday, including a BT-13 and Texan AT-6. A CAF Harvard Mk-IV will also be showcased along with the Fairchild Pilgrim. Built around 1931, the Pilgrim went through an extensive refurbishment that was completed in late 2012.

It’s a complex logistical project to make sure all of the aircraft get to Anchorage on time.

“The biggest thing is we have homegrown pilots, but we also have to bring in the special aircraft from the Lower 48, so it makes it much more difficult from a logistics standpoint to make this show happen,” Peters said.

Arctic Thunder is this Saturday and Sunday at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Events start at 10 a.m. and admission is free. Traffic backs up very quickly, so get there early and exercise patience.

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