OctoberWest’s Exciting Conclusion City-Wide
On Oct. 5, 2019, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the City of Prescott united to bring another astounding presentation of how planes were engineered to be masterpieces. This show welcomed the public to walk around, pull up their lawn chairs or lay out their blankets, and buckle up for a turbulence-free ride of a lifetime.
After the attendees walked around enjoying pancakes supporting the Experimental Aircraft Association or various other meals from the food vendors, they found that this event had way more than just planes. This show was not only an end to the Embry-Riddle Homecoming Week, it was also commemorating the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion on the coast of Normandy, France.. There were military jeeps and motorcycles from World War II which were accompanied by a reenactment in the sky of actual planes from the era after a great crowd appreciation for a living D-Day veteran, Lt. Col. (RET) Dave Hamilton.
The show then proceeded to modern planes with a more theatrical performance. Matt Chapman, Bill Stein, and Rob Holland led the show with their stellar individual performances that were about 10 minutes each, full of nail-biting and picking jaws up off the ground.
Embry-Riddle’s very own flight team got to show off their prowess and what a typical competition looks like for the award-winning group, with a shocking majority of it actually being on solid ground. Along with that, there were parachuters and skydivers jumping all throughout the show. Cindy Irish from The Misty Blues brought a refreshing take on things with her background of coming from an all-female team and maintaining the awestruck feeling left on the crowd the whole event.
The airshow is certainly something the crowd-goers will never forget; it even has them thrilled for next year’s show. From the heartwarming nationalism to the Vampire demonstration , the people of Prescott and the Embry-Riddle family are always eager to support and connect to bring the whole community together over these vast blue skies.