2012 Duluth Air Show Leaves Spectators Impressed

By KBJR News 1

September 23, 2012 Updated Sep 23, 2012 at 10:56 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland’s NewsCenter) --- The 2012 Duluth International Air show wrapped up Sunday evening, but not without a jaw dropping presentation.

The Canadian Forces Snowbirds headlined today's show.

It's the first time they've flown into Minnesota in the last 30 years.

The U.S. Marine AV-8B Harrier III also shocked the crowds.
The marine aircraft is able to take off and land vertically.

Three different U.S. Air Force aircraft took part in the heritage flight and the U-S army golden knights parachute team landed safely on the ground.

Aside from food stands and souvenir kiosks spectators also had the chance to talk with a NASA astronaut.

Organizers say attendance numbers were down slightly this year, and attribute the low turnout in part, to the weather.

But still, spectators and organizers say this year’s show was a tremendous success.

"This is the first time he's ever been to an air show,” Lyn Henderson said. “We're camping at the KOA. It's the first time he's [her grandson] ever camped and he's really enjoying the airplanes.”

"Without the support of the community an event like this wouldn't happen,” Jodi Kiminski, an Air Show Coordinator said. “Volunteers come in and volunteer their time, put in fences, put in port-a-potty, whatever it is. That's all volunteer, community driven. We definitely want to say thank you to the community for supporting this."

Air Show organizers expect to have official attendance numbers by Wednesday.

They've already started planning for the next show in 2014.

Jennifer Walch
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