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Flying Field hosts 46th annual Festival of Flight air show

08/22/2017 01:43PM ● By Richard Gaw
By Richard L. Gaw
Staff Writer

The 46th annual New Garden Festival of Flight and Car Show took to the air this past weekend, dotting the blue sky above Toughkenamon with vintage aircraft, parachute daredevils and skywriters who decorated the air with white plumes of expression.
Meanwhile, on the ground, long rows of antique motor vehicles, ranging from a 1954 MG to a World War II-era Jeep, glistened in the sun, drawing the attention of hundreds of admirers each day.
On the other side of the festival grounds, a dozen classic aircraft were displayed, including a Corsair Navy fighter plane, the Spirit of Freedom C54 aircraft, the B-25 from the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum, and a Pitts biplane.
The show featured demonstrations by Skydive Cross Keys, a Williamstown, N.J., skydiving school; an aerobatic demonstration by driver Dan Marcotte; a performance by the Fighter Factory of Virginia Beach; a search-and-rescue demonstration by the U.S. Coast Guard with its MH-65 Dolphin Rescue helicopter; and performances by pilots Jason Flood, Kevin Russo, Paul Dougherty and Scott Francis.
The event also sponsored its second Festival of Flight Run the Runway 5K race, Kiddie Run and one-mile Family Walk. The proceeds from the race benefited youth recreation programs in New Garden Township and Kennett Square.

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