Planes hit the skies in Region 8 for air show

Air Show Brings In Many

BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. (KAIT) - Hundreds of people, both young and old, this past weekend had their eyes on the skies.

They gathered to watch historical planes and jets fly overhead at the inaugural air show benefiting the National Cold War Museum at the former Eaker Air Force Base.

Barrett Harrison, president of the Blytheville-Gosnell Regional Airport Authority, said the event showcased the former base’s history.

The air show at Blytheville had a lot of people in attendance Saturday to watch some historical planes fly in the sky.
The air show at Blytheville had a lot of people in attendance Saturday to watch some historical planes fly in the sky. (Source: KAIT-TV)

“This airport was once a SAC base, a B-52 bomber base,” he said. “This was one of the most important facilities during the Cold War.”

The base, at one time, even stored nuclear bombs. It was shut down in 1992 but the base still hosts events like the one on Saturday.

The event saw hundreds of people from infant to elderly who were fascinated by the show.
The event saw hundreds of people from infant to elderly who were fascinated by the show. (Source: KAIT-TV)

Harrison said he wanted to let others know about the base’s future plans.

“This event today is bringing attention back to this Air Force base and attention to the effort to create the National Cold War Museum on this property,” he said.

The air show at Blytheville had a lot of people in attendance Saturday to watch some historical planes fly in the sky.
The air show at Blytheville had a lot of people in attendance Saturday to watch some historical planes fly in the sky. (Source: KAIT-TV)

The museum is in its beginning stages and Harrison said they’re fundraising for it now.

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