Air show only one day away

By Caroline Goggin

July 3, 2014 Updated Jul 3, 2014 at 5:33 PM EST

Town of Maine, NY (WBNG Binghamton) All weekend long, people will see planes, of all shapes and sizes, taking to the skies of the Greater Binghamton Area.

Behind those iconic planes are faces and stories.

"My dad took me to air shows as a little kid," said owner of Pamela Marie LLC Aviation Andrew McKenna. "And I was like a Garfield doll on the fence, ya know, just watching. And it never burned out."

The passion of other pilots who will attend the show has not burnt out either.

"I saw the Golden Knights when I was a freshman in high school for the first time," said member of the U.S. Army Parachute Team David Echverry. "I went to the Air and Sea show with my parents in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. And the moment I saw them jump out, I was hooked. I looked back at my parents and said 'that's what I want to do when I grow up. And that's who I want to be.'"

Living their dreams has taken years of testing and practice, as have the routines people will see in the sky. Before they can get in the air, crews must master their art on the ground.

"We begin talking the whole thing through. We walk it on the ground with everybody, thinking about where they are going throughout the entire performance," said Team Aerodynamix member Tom Dubrouillet.

The performances will rely on the ability not only of those who fly the planes, but of the planes themselves.

There will be numerous planes geared up and ready to go for the show.

"This plane was the lead plane for the red barons for probably twenty years," said 450 Stearman Pilot Bill Gordon. "And this is probably the nicest flying 450 Stearman I've ever sat in."

Planes from all over the country are gathering for the Binghamton show, which many are hoping will be the highlight of their holiday weekend.

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