Air Show wows crowd

By Caroline Goggin

July 5, 2014 Updated Jul 5, 2014 at 6:51 PM EDT

Town of Maine, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Fields emptied at the Greater Binghamton Airport, as the air show left audience members wanting more.

"We've been here before and we just love it. It's a great place to be," said President of the Berlin Aircraft Historical Foundation Timothy Chopp.

People gathered Saturday to take in their last sights of the Binghamton Air Show.

Many said that what they saw did not disappoint.

"I think seeing the parachuters come out... we really enjoyed that today," said Diane Murphy of Vestal.

"Just to see them dealing with the wind was kind of most impressive," explained Tim O'Leary of Owego.

The acts themselves were not the only impressive part, as certain planes offered a taste of history for those who saw them.

"After World War II, when the Russians blockaded Berlin, two-and-a-half million people were in dire need of some type of relief," said Chopp. "So we, and Great Britain and France, they started this massive airlift called the Berlin Airlift. And they sustained two-and-a-half million people, until the blockade was lifted 11 months later."

330 C54s were used during that era. Only three of them exist now, and one of those is Chopp's.

The airman flies the plane in various shows, but also uses the inside as an educational museum and exhibit on the Berlin aircraft.

As a returning member to the Binghamton air show, he said that he couldn't be happier with the turnout.

"The weather has been magnificent today. It's just a perfect day for an air show," added Chopp. "And it's just happy to talk to people. There are very great people up here in the Binghamton area."

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