Second annual Aviation Expo set for weekend

By Dennis Seid
Daily Journal

TUPELO – New and vintage aircraft – including a World War II-era DC-3 that flew during the D-Day invasion – will be on display at the second annual North Mississippi Aviation Expo.

The free event will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at the Tupelo Regional Airport.

Visitors are asked to park in the airport’s parking lot, where shuttles will be available to take them to the expo site nearby.

Thirty exhibitors will be in the expo hangar, including Vietnam Veterans of America, Army Aviation Heritage Foundation, Veterans Administration, Marine Corps League, Gold Star Mother’s Organization and Universal Asset Management.

“There’s also going to be the Iraq/Afghanistan Wall, which shows the names of the Mississippians killed in Iraq and Afghanistan,” said Leslie Pearman, the expo’s organizer.

Ten planes will be displayed, including those from Beechcraft, Piper and Cessna.

The Army Aviation Heritage Foundation is bringing two helicopters, a Huey and a Cobra.

Rides will be available on the helicopters for $60 per person.

World War II veterans will be given free rides on the DC-3, Pearman added.

On Saturday, following the seventh annual Petals for Patriots, in which 100 gallons of rose petals will be dropped from the air to honor veterans, a benefit dinner will be held.

Tickets are $25, with proceeds benefiting the Wounded Warrior Regiment.

The tickets can be purchased at the expo, at the Marine Corps League or in advance by calling Pearman at (662) 489-8331.

dennis.seid@journalinc.com

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TO FIND OUT MORE about the North Mississippi Aviation Expo, call (662) 489-8331 or visit its Facebook page.