As it should be, Addison’s nationally recognized KaBoom Town! fireworks extravaganza headline’s the annual Independence Day celebration on July 3. You can see this concert of multicolored light and noise from anywhere in town, but its opening act, the Addison Airport Air Show, provides a front row seat.
The airport will clear its aerial stage at 7 p.m., and the two-act air show begins at 7:15 p.m. The first act will feature Matt Younkin in his 1943 Beech 18. Not your typical air show aircraft, with two big radial engines and seating six to 11 people, Younkin’s airplane was built for the U.S. Army Air Forces, where it served during World War II as a navigation trainer at Houston’s Ellington Army Air Field.
Act I will also feature Jan Collmer, a Dallas-based air show pilot who flies an Extra 300-L, and Mike “Spanky” Gallaway, who cut his aerobatic teeth as a member of the 2004 and 2006 US National Advanced Aerobatic Team. An aerial armada from the Cavanaugh Flight Museum will conclude Act I.
Act II is a night airshow that features Matt Younkin and the Beech 18 and Dan Buchanan, a paraplegic hang glider pilot who completed his 1,240th air show performance in 2011. The pyrotechnics attached to their respective aircraft will prepare spectators for the KaBoom Town! spectacle that follows the air show and begins at 9:30 p.m.
For the airport crew, the show really begins at 3 p.m., when the semi-loads of fireworks arrive. Then they must wrestle the large lighted X’s into position at both ends of the runway, telling pilots who didn’t get the word, that the airport is closed. And if you know where to look, you’ll see the sweeper truck that cleans all the slag and other night air show and fireworks detritus from the runway before the crew turns off and removes the runway X’s, and the airport resumes operation.