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Practice bombing target seen near Midland while preparing for upcoming Airsho

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The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) in Midland is getting ready for their annual Airsho. The event gives the community a chance to get up close with historic aircrafts and even learn something.

A view from 5,500 feet in the sky is something you can do at this year's Airsho. Donnie Haeffner is a Marine Veteran, he flies a North American Navion and for Friday's ride, we went just south of Midland looking for something historic.

"This airport used to be a bombardier training base during the war and we flew, actually, over a ship on the ground," said Haeffner. "It was used as a bombing target during World War II by the bombardiers. They dropped practice bombs on that target."

Most practice bombs are filled with sand or concrete, it's estimated there's over 1,000 in the Midland area.

"There's many targets out in the area, sometimes they're obscured but this one seems to be in pretty good shape," said Haeffner. 

You'll have a chance to fly up in the sky during next weekend's Airsho. But if you decide to stay on the ground, the CAF High Sky Wing is happy to see you.

"The purpose is to honor, ultimately, honor the veterans," said Haeffner. "I'm glad to be a part of the CAF, it's a great organization, their goal is to preserve history especially the service men and women that flew."

You can visit the Airsho next weekend September 16 and 17. Tickets start at $5 for children and $20 for adults, you can buy them here.

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