During World War II, the sounds of B-17 engines filled the air over the Dyersburg Army Air Base. On a clear August day, the sound of air plane engines returned to tiny town in Lauderdale County in West Tennessee.
Arnold Air Field, which sits on the site of the former air base, held an air show. The show wsa presented by the Veterans Museum which is part of the property.
The air show brought in dozens of pilots from over the country including: Neal Melton and John Shoffner of East Tennessee, Aerobatic Pilot Dwayne Roberts of Grenada, Mississippi and the Team RV air show pilots.
On August 18, a Live at Five crew visited the air show and talked with Dwayne Roberts, who wowed the crowd with his aerobatic plane flying. He explained what makes an air show so unique.
"Flying is freedom.. America is all about Freedom. These aircraft were flown by men who fought and the current model aircraft are flown by men and women who fought to preserve that freedom, so flying is all about freedom. Aerobatic flight is, in my view, the ultimate expression of freedom because not only can we do in a 2 dimensional plane but we're also able to explore the 3 dimensional to the utmost. There's nothing more satisfying than being able to do that. It's what America is all about."
Neal Melton and John Shoffner will fly their P47's, "Wicked Wabbit" and "Hun Hunter", during the Wings Over Big South Fork air show on September 8 at the Scott Municipal Airport in Oneida and in Morristown on September 22. Both P-47's are on display at the Tennessee Museum of Aviation in Sevierville.