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  • Writer's pictureMichael Damron

Flying Through Time: Exploring Aviation Heritage at the 2024 Props and Pistons Festival

As we prepare to take flight into the thrilling world of the Props and Pistons Festival at Akron-Fulton Airport, it's essential to take a moment to appreciate the rich tapestry of aviation history that these magnificent flying machines represent. Among the roaring engines and graceful maneuvers, lie stories of courage, innovation, and the relentless pursuit of freedom. Join us as we delve into a few of the historic aircraft that will grace the skies at this year's event (August 17 & 18 2024).


B-17 Flying Fortress: A Testament to Courage

Amidst the azure expanse, the B-17 Flying Fortress, christened Sentimental Journey, stands as a beacon of courage and resilience. One of only five still soaring from the over 12,000 manufactured during World War II, Sentimental Journey embodies the indomitable spirit of its era. Originally destined for the Pacific Theater, this mighty warbird flew missions of significance, leaving an indelible mark on history. Today, visitors have the rare opportunity to not only witness this living relic but also to soar alongside it, with rides available for purchase on our website.


B-25: The Versatile Warrior

In the annals of aviation, few aircraft rival the versatility and prowess of the B-25. From high-altitude bombing to low-level strafing, this formidable aircraft excelled in every role it undertook. As witnessed in the historic raid over Tokyo in 1942, the B-25's daring exploits reshaped the course of the war. Now, a B-25 with its own storied past awaits at Props and Pistons, a testament to its enduring legacy. Take to the skies aboard this legendary aircraft, with rides available for purchase on our website.


Beech 18: A Workhorse of the Skies

With a legacy spanning three decades, the Beech 18 emerges as a stalwart of aviation history. Popular as a passenger and cargo aircraft, its rumbling 450 HP engines evoke a sense of nostalgia and admiration. Don't miss the chance to witness its graceful maneuvers and photo fly-bys during the show. Proudly owned by Dane and Bryan Jorgensen, this aircraft based at Wadsworth Airport promises to captivate audiences with its timeless charm.


C-123K "Thunder Pig": A Living Legend

From the pages of history emerges the C-123K "Thunder Pig," a veteran of the skies with a tale to tell. Serving valiantly in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War, this rugged transport aircraft delivered supplies, evacuated the wounded, and even sprayed Agent Orange. Today, it stands as the sole flying C-123 in the world, a testament to its enduring strength and resilience. Having graced the silver screen in movies like "X-Men: Days of Future Past" and "American Made," the Thunder Pig takes center stage at Props and Pistons, inviting visitors to witness its majesty up close.


Props and Pistons Festival: August 17th & August 18th, 2024


Mark your calendars and secure your tickets today to ensure you don't miss out on this extraordinary event. Join us as we celebrate our aviation heritage, where every aircraft tells a tale, and every flight is a step back in time. Together, let us make memories that will last a lifetime at the Props and Pistons Festival. See you there!


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