History Takes Flight at Skyfest

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Updated: 8/01 9:00 pm
The Pocatello Regional Airport appreciation day has a new name this year.

“Skyfest” kicks off Saturday and features an air show, airplane exhibits and activities for children.

There’s a lot to see at Skyfest but if you want to take a look back in time you need to see Bob Marshall’s Vultee BT-13.

The plane was used to train pilots during world war two, and thanks to countless hours of work and maintenance, it still flies today.

“There are only about 50 or so left that are flyable and half of those are in museums,” Marshall says.

Marshall says he’s happy to share his pride and joy with the public, particularly the world war two vets who flew these planes over 70 years ago.

“I’ll just give them a ride,” he said. ”They have tears in their eyes … It was amazing how many of them would get in that air plane that hadn’t flown an airplane since World War II and I’d let them take the controls. Pretty soon they could fly just like they were back in World War II.”

Though planes like these give a nod to the past, Airport Director David Allen says Skyfest is a good way to make sure aviation in Pocatello has a secure future.

“We want [people] to realize just what the airport means to the community,” Allen says. “We love it out here and we're an economic engine. We contribute 39 million annually in economic impact. We have a lot of jobs out here and we provide a vital service to the community so we just want to make sure everybody sees that."

The event kicks off Saturday morning at 8:35 a.m. with a three-jet formation fly-over in Pocatello and continues until 3 p.m.

The air show is free to the public along with face painting, a rock climbing wall and crafts for kids.

For more information you can visit http://iflypocatello.com/.

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