Greenville Mid-Delta Airport Holds Second Aviation Day Event

Courtesy of Greenville Mid-Delta Airport

A balloon glow lit the sky Friday evening.

The Greenville Mid-Delta Airport hosted its second annual Aviation Day event on Friday and Saturday, September 3-4. The event kicked off on Friday evening with live music from the Delta String Band and a balloon glow that lit up the evening sky. An estimated crowd of more than 500 people attended the event on Friday. Saturday dawned with beautiful skies and aircraft flying in for static display and to attend the event. Aircraft on display included a UH-74 Lakota helicopter from the 185th Aviation Brigade of the MS Army Guard, a T-6 Texan II from Columbus Air Force Base and a Diamond DA-42 twin-engine trainer from Delta State University’s Commercial Aviation program.

T-6 warbird trainers from the Southern Heritage Air Foundation capped the event with formation passes.

The Arkansas Thunderbirds chapter of the Black Pilots of America, along with a couple of friends from Batesville, MS, in their aircraft, offered free airplane rides to children ages eight to 17 on Saturday. Several local food vendors were on hand Friday evening and Saturday morning to provide refreshing drinks and meals for the estimated total of 750-plus attendees. The event was capped off with formation passes by several T-6 warbird trainers from the Southern Heritage Air Foundation, which really excited the crowd.

Contour Airlines, along with Pafford Emergency Services/Pafford Air One, sponsored the T-6 demonstration and the balloon glow.

“We are very pleased with the response to our second annual Aviation Day, and we want to say a great thank you to our staff, sponsors, volunteers, the Greenville City Council and to all who attended the event,” states Airport Director Sam Washington. “Special thanks go to Contour Airlines and Pafford Emergency Services/Pafford Air One for sponsoring the T-6 demonstration and the balloon glow. Both events were well received by the attending public, and hopefully whetted their appetites for a bigger and better event next year!”

The event was also made possible in part by a grant through Visit Mississippi.