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Air Magic Valley Underway

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By Joey Martin

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) This year's Air Magic Valley theme is "celebrating freedom."

Aircraft that encompass that theme have been flooding Joslin Field all week.

Along with an array of World War Two aircrafts, numerous planes and performers have made it to town, also.

Three of the entertainers that will be performing this weekend are recipients of Prestige's Awards for their performances in the air show industry.

The first is Kent Pietsch.

"I'll be doing a comedy act, which is one that I don't talk about much, but you got to come out and see it. Then I land a precision act ... landing on top of a pick-up truck, which is pretty hard to do in winds and stuff like that. So I call it a landing attempt," Pietsch explains.

The second is world famous hang-glider, Dan Buchanan.

And Buchanan's story is truly an inspirational one, due to the fact that he is paralyzed from the waist down.

"I had a spinal cord injury 33 years ago, flying hang-gliders. In stormy weather, should have been on the ground... shouldn't have even tried to fly but I did anyway," he says.

After his accident, Buchanan was back in the air only a half a year later.

As for his performance this weekend, it starts Friday evening with something special.

"I'll be flying after dark with pyrotechnics and explosives flying off my wings. But I'm using a hang-glider which is made out of fabric. I try to mount things so it doesn't catch fire," Buchanan explains.

And the final performer is Matt Younkin, who is flying a 1943 Twin Beach 18.

Friday evening, Younkin will be performing his famous Magic by Moonlight night show.

"We've got 50 externally visible lights that we'll mount on the airplane. The top of it will glow in the dark and the bottom of it will twinkle. We'll be doing some carefully choreographed maneuvers to a very powerful soundtrack and will be playing some different tricks and all that," Younkin explains.

A perfect night of high fly aerobatics to kickoff a perfect weekend out at Air Magic Valley.

The night show will get underway at 9 o'clock Friday evening.

Spectators are being asked to show up early and find a spot to enjoy the show.

If you haven't already, you can purchase tickets at the gates for 20 dollars or buy a weekend pass for 25.

Military and senior citizens are 15 dollars, and children 12 and under are free.


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