Vets Discuss Midland Airsho With NewsWest 9

by Nick Lawton
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - The CAF Airsho took-off on Saturday at the Midland Airport. Warbirds, including the famous B-29 bomber named "FiFi" took to the skies. 

But not only is this a spectacular air show, it's a chance to say "thanks" to our area veterans. 

"I want to say thank you to my parents for the sacrifices they made in order to build the United States," Visitor Rex Bradshaw, said.

And for some at the Airsho, it was a trip down memory lane.

Those who first flew the planes in World War II didn't just come for the show. They came to re-connect with old friends, tell war stories and recall the days when they fought for this country's freedom.

"The first thing we always remember, that all us old pilots remember, there's that old airplane that I used to fly, and I could fly the wheels off of that thing, and the propeller too," World War II Veteran, Colonel Forest Mathews, said.

The message that Col. Mathews and other World War II veterans want to send with the Airsho is hope, the hope that the values this country was built on can be carried into the future.

"The people who are here all want to try to keep it going and we're going to continue to try to keep it going," Mathews said.  

"The generation following in our footsteps needs to be even more proud of us and also pick up the banner and carry it forward," Bradshaw said.

And for one old pilot, it's all about the fun too.

"You should have seen me flying that thing. I was the hottest thing that ever came through here," Mathews said.