Airshow organizers remain optimistic despite threat of rain

By KBJR News 1

August 22, 2014 Updated Aug 22, 2014 at 7:23 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - It's T-minus 24 hours and Airshow organizers have little time to waste.

"Busy, upbeat and chaotic. All those things and many more," said Stephanie LaFluer, the Demo and Performer Liaison director.

The weekend's main attractions were in place, ready to go, Friday morning.

"Our number one priority is to get all the planes and jets in" LaFluer said.

Pilots, like Canadian Brent Handy, make sure their rides are ready for prime time.

"Washing down the airplane a little," Handy said. "Scraping off the Minnesota bugs.".

All agree the optimism ahead of the weekend won't be washed out by the weather.

Despite the chances for more rain throughout the weekend, airshow organizers say the show must go on both in the sky and on the ground.

"We are on rain or shine," said Keith Johnson, the command post director.

If the weather gets bad, performances could get pushed, or grounded.

"Hopefully we'll get in the air, and, do the flying portion of the show, there is a lot of other things going that will keep people's attention."

The pilot of the attention-grabbing Screamin' Sasquatch admits the better the weather, the better the performance.

"I like to fly when we have an 8,000 foot ceiling. Because this airplane, the last figure, I like to climb straight up and keep going at 8,000 feet," said Jeff Boerboon.

The gates to the 2014 Duluth Airshow open Saturday at 9 a.m.

Written by Kevin Jacobsen
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