De Smet Airshow fun for all

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

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True to form, De Smet stayed in its little clear weather corridor last week. Just south of us in Carthage, barns were being destroyed by weather, but here we enjoyed a little light rain.


Not that we’re complaining, because it turned out to be perfect airshow weather June 6. For those of you who didn’t make it, Dwayne La Fave put together quite a show and you couldn’t beat the price! Assisting him in setting up the festivities were airport manager Ryan Peterson and several financial sponsors including the City of De Smet, American Bank and Trust, and Helm and Associate Engineering of Aberdeen. De Smet Kiwanis planned parking and assisted visitors with special needs.


The Legion’s pancake breakfast raised an estimated $1,400 was raised for the Legion. In addition to Jim Peitz’s aerobatics and Vanguard Squadron there were various displays including an Avera CareFlight King Air ambulance that was open for tours. There were also flyovers from Jed Hansen in an ag 

sprayer (Piper Brave 300) from Hilltop 

Aerial of Clark (flown by), Will Riggin of Madison in an Aeronca Champ used for flight training from Riggin Flight Services, trainees from the SDSU Aviation Program in a Cessna 172 from Brookings, several Civil Air Patrol cadets in a Cessna 182 from Sioux Falls, two hang gliders and two powered parachutes.


Whew! And a good time was had by all … thanks again, everybody for a fine show.


David Tritle


The De Smet News

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