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There are air shows and then there are real air shows. But the Central Texas AirShow is clearly a step above most and more a part of the later than the first.

Load up the family and load up the buggy and get ready to head to Temple for the three day event that you'll be talking about for years to come.

It all gets underway Friday night, May 2, with a special, one-of-a-kind night flight featuring Bob Carlton's Silent Wings air show. Since 1903, airplanes and fire have been mortal enemies. Bob coaxes them into a snarling truce with the spectacular Fire & Lights night pyro show in the jet sailplane. With sparks, smoke, fireballs and bomb bursts, Fire & Lights sets the night sky ablaze with color and action. Don't be fooled by so-called twilight shows. This is a true, hard-dark night aerobatic performance, not just a day show sneaking in at sunset.

Bob's night aerobatic performance features high performance with stunning pyrotechnics.

On Saturday and Sunday, enjoy the high flying action of the A-10 Flying Warthogs flying team, the F-16 West Coast Demo Team, and the Commemorative Air Force's Tora! Tora! Tora! live airshow that reenacts the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

On display and in cooperation of the Cavanaugh Flight Museum, airshow spectators can see a restored B-29 on display and tour the plane. Also available for tours, the B-25 Mitchell, of the Devil Dog Squadron, presented by the Central Texas Airshow Operations Team.

If you're into action, don't miss the huge pyrotechnics show running concurrently and an integral part of the airshow. Airshow veteran Jan Collmer will be on hand with his 20+ years experience performing in airshows. Jan has flown over 300 airshow performances including flights in the Fina Extra 300L.

Some of best modelers will also be on hand to demonstrate their precise models. And  the Blastards will be out in force, a unit of the West Texas Wing of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF). The Blastards are members of ICAS and are approved to shoot for modern military aircraft. The group along with the Explosive Ordnance Detachment (EOD) of the CAF, works with airshows throughout the United States in performing pyrotechnic displays to create a more realistic airshow.

Through the use of pyrotechnics, an airshow can come to life with simulated strafing runs, bomb drops, walls of fire, A-Bombs, and 21 gun salutes and reenactors. The Blastards specialize in working with Ground Force Reenactors to bring pyro to the ground attack in addition to the air attack.

Don't miss the Central Texas AirShow May 2-4 in Temple. For more information, visit the web site.

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