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article imagePhoto essay: Pilots fly the skies at the 2012 Virginia Air Show Special

By Leigh Goessl     Sep 8, 2012 in Entertainment
Front Royal - Talented pilots took to the skies at the annual Virginia Air Show that takes place at the Warren County Airport in Front Royal, Va.
As the day went on, the weather was questionable, however the show went on, at least for a time, before the wind and rain rolled in.
The gates to the Virginia Air Show opened at 7 a.m., however this reporter didn't arrive until just short of 11 a.m. In the early morning on the day's schedule of events was listed the arrival of the pilots and the aircraft they would be showcasing during their performances later in the day.
Still, there was plenty of time to walk around the airport grounds and explore this annual community event. On display were many small and vintage aircraft. For cars, several Mustangs were on display, along with some other models. Additionally, there were military vehicles, helicopters and World War II memorabilia for visitors to enjoy.
A World War II Valentine was on display in one of the tents
A World War II Valentine was on display in one of the tents
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The balloon tent was a popular one with the kids
The balloon tent was a popular one with the kids
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Scheduled for first performance of the day was the Flying Circus, arriving from Bealeton, Va. This group took to the skies at noon.
The Flying Circus performance was one of the 2012 Virginia Air Show s highlights
The Flying Circus performance was one of the 2012 Virginia Air Show's highlights
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Flying Circus performer Charlie Schwenker takes off in a specially designed aircraft for aerobatics
Flying Circus performer Charlie Schwenker takes off in a specially designed aircraft for aerobatics
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Performer Charlie Schwenker stops to chat with show attendees after his spectacular performance
Performer Charlie Schwenker stops to chat with show attendees after his spectacular performance
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The day started out as a perfect late summer day in terms of weather, but it wasn't long before the wind picked up and then the imminent rain began to drizzle.
Boy sits with his spider man balloon as he waits for the next flight to take off
Boy sits with his spider man balloon as he waits for the next flight to take off
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One of the highlights of the day was a wingwalker.
One of the highlights of the day was a wingwalker.
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However, before the later portion of the afternoon was cancelled due to weather, spectators were able to see a few performances including a gyrocopter [VIDEO].
Gyrocopter gets ready to take off
Gyrocopter gets ready to take off
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Unfortunately  this glider did not get a chance to take to the sky due to the increased winds and an...
Unfortunately, this glider did not get a chance to take to the sky due to the increased winds and anticipated rain. Here the craft is led out for the crowd to see, but is on its way back to the hangar.
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The P-51D  Mustang  gets ready to take off. This was one of the anticipated segments of this year s ...
The P-51D "Mustang" gets ready to take off. This was one of the anticipated segments of this year's show, but would also be one of the last due to inclement weather, the show ended shortly after this performance.
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These images highlight some of the performers, but there were several others as well. Despite the early close of the show of this annual gathering in Front Royal, Va., all in all, a great day.
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