This marks the 13th year Sky Corral Radio Control Club is playing host to Warbirds Over Pueblo Model Air Show on Aug. 31-Sept. 1 at Sky Corral’s Colonel Brad Dolliver Field in Pueblo West.
The air show begins at 9 a.m. Aug. 31 and ends at 2 p.m. Sept. 1.
The Radio Control Airplane Club was founded in 1970 and began on the south side of Pueblo and in 1976 the Sky Corral was moved to Pueblo West.
The term Warbirds is used to describe military aircraft, such as World War 1, World War 11, Korean, Gulf and Vietnam aircraft.
The birds are not only flown for pure enjoyment and pleasure but also to honor all the military veterans that have served out country, officials with the radio control club said.
Duane Pisciotta, president of Sky Corral Radio Club has been flying since he was 11-years-old.
“This event has grown into an event that is welcoming more and more veterans every year,” Pisciotta said.
“We will have a speech the first night during the banquet, to honor the local veterans.
“Around noon on Saturday, we have aviation that flies over to honor the veterans and after that we will move under a tent with the veterans and their families where we will proceed to read their biographies to the people who are attending the event.
“We will present the veterans with their biography and also a beautiful plague, thanking them for their serving our nation.”
The plague will be a B-24 flying over the courthouse in Pueblo.
“Most people who live in Pueblo West and Pueblo probably don’t realize that the Pueblo Airport used to be the B-24 training base during pre-war,” he said.
“They would train pilots and crews how to do their jobs and one of the pilots was Brad Dolliver.
“One day during training his superior officer told him to gather his crew and it was time for them to leave.
“Dolliver asked if he could at least bid his bride goodbye but the officer declined, saying their time was limited.
“Dolliver, being a man of his word, climbed in his plane and he and his crew flew 10-15 feet above the courthouse, where he waved his wings goodbye to his wife.
He carried out 25 missions before he was shot down, Pisciotta said.
He barely escaped from being captured by German control.
“He was a remarkable man and a true servant to our country and that is why we named our field after him,” he said.
The event is scheduled for Labor Day weekend, and Pisciotta expects to see a large crowd.
“Every year we see new people attending the air show from Colorado and from the neighboring states,” he said.
“We will have planes from 20 pounds up to 100 pounds, some with even 10-foot wing spans.”
A formation flyover by pilots from Doss Aviation also is scheduled for noon on Saturday. They will honor the vets with the “missing man formation.”
The air show is free to the public and begins at 9 a.m. Aug. 31, kicking off with the dedications scheduled for noon while the airshow
continues throughout the day.
The show continues at 8 a.m. Sept. 1 and will run until close at 2 p.m., where they will conclude with the award ceremony.
For more information, call 647-9285.
If you would like to attend the air show but do not know how to get to Brad Dolliver field, the directions are as follows: Head west on Highway 50 until you come to Purcell Blvd. then you will head south on Purcell until you hit Woodleaf. You hang a right on Woodleaf and go all the way to the end of Woodleaf and make another right turn. You will then see a gate that says Brad Dolliver field and you have arrived.
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