280 VVN – East Texans See Vietnam and WWII Vintage Aircraft and C-123 Update

Tyler, TX Airshow and C-123 UpdateIn this episode two stories are shared. One is about an air show of World War II and Vietnam War aircraft in Tyler, Texas. The other story is an update on the C-123 Air Crewmen Association’s request for VA medical assistance.

The Tyler, Texas air show is designed to show off aircraft from previous wars to help people understand the history of those times. This is from KLTV:

All of the planes will be on display and will be available for flights again Sunday starting at 9 a.m. at Tyler Pounds Regional Airport.

At the event, visitors can explore the aircraft inside and out. Tours and up-close viewing is $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12. WWII Veterans can tour through the aircraft at no cost. Discounted rates are available for school groups.

Attendees can also take a 30-minute flight aboard the rare aircraft. Flights on the B-17 or B-24 are $450 per person. P-51 flights are $2,200 for a half hour and $3,200 for a full hour. Huey flights are $100 for front seats or $80 bench seats. For reservations and information on flight experiences, call 800-568-8924.

Visitors can find out more by visiting www.collingsfoundation.org.

The other story is about the VA delaying a decision on granting health benefits to the Air National Guard members who flew in repurposed C-123 aircraft that were used to spray Agent Orange in Vietnam. The story comes from the Stars and Stripes magazine by Travis J. Tritten titled: VA: No date set for Agent Orange C-123 decision.

 


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