Waco: Storm Delays Hold Up Heart Of Texas Air Show

By: Nichole Perez Email
By: Nichole Perez Email

WACO (September 28, 2013) -- What was supposed to be a day filled with cartwheels, loops and barrel rolls, quickly turned around after storms rolled in.

The Heart of Texas Air Show came to TSTC in Waco today to give Central Texans a good show.

With multiple aerobatic pilots ready to rev up their engines and fly through the sky in front of hundreds, some of those pilots had to pull out of the show because of the weather.

The show was scheduled for two o'clock but was immediately put on a 30 minute lightning delay.

Spectators were lined up near the flight line with their lawn chairs at the ready, but quickly had to take cover in TSTC's airplane hanger and Aerospace Center.

Once the storm clouds passed the crowd went back outside to set up and get ready for the show to finally begin.

One plane took off and was able to perform for the crowd before another round of storm clouds came through, pouring down rain.

"The second time we were actually coming back out and it decided to just fly down, so we just sat down and waited it out. The kids had a great time playing in the rain," says Didi Chadwick who brought her two children to see the show.

After the storm passed, the event was able to start back up and put on a good show for the audience.

The event brought planes from pre-World War II to current aviation acts to Central Texas.

Spectators witnessed the world's smallest jet take flight as well as formation teams with as many as eight planes flying together.

The crowd favorite was a daredevil small plane aerobatic pilot named Kirby Chambliss.

Chambliss is a two time Red Bull Air Race Champion who wowed the crowd with his tight loops and risky cartwheels and twirls through the sky.

Despite the show being condensed and not being able to see all of the pilots perform, people say the show was well worth it.

"This is awesome. It was perfect. Well worth it. We're definitely coming back next time," says Chadwick.


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