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Historic flight scheduled for the Fargo Airsho

A Yak and Waco aircraft will be in the air at the same time, the first time it’s been done before.
A Yak 110 and restored jet Waco
A Yak 110 and restored jet Waco(Valley News Live)
Published: Jul. 22, 2021 at 10:18 AM CDT
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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - A historic flight in aviation is making its way to the Fargo Airsho. Attendees will see a Yak and Waco aircraft in the sky at the same time and this has never been done before.

The Yak 110 is a Russian plane with two engines and a jet engine underneath. The Waco is a 1939 aircraft that has a prop engine and newly added jet engine. Both aircraft will fly solo, but the iconic flight comes from them flying together.

“I tell ya, I get tears in my eyes thinking about it. This is going to be an absolutely phenomenal display. The blue angles of course are huge but you get to watch these two planes in the air, the Waco and the Yak in the air at the same time. This is a phenomenal first in the entire country probably even in the entire world,” said Co-Chairman of the Fargo Airsho, Dick Walstad.

Fargo native Commander Brian C. Kesselring will be the Flight Leader for the Blue Angels. There will even be a race between a jet-powered truck and a B-25. With the continuous hazy skies from the Canadian wildfires, the Blue Angels say they have all weather predictions covered.

“We have been observing the smoke in the air recently,” Walstad said. “Yes, it could be an issue to be concerned about but every morning before the show, we have a briefing where all of the performers sit down and look at weather conditions.”

The show will run on Saturday, July 24 and Sunday, July 25 at the Hector International Airport. Gates will open at 9:30 a.m. with the show beginning at 11:00 a.m. The show is expected to end around 4:00 p.m.

Over the years, the Fargo Airsho has provided more than $600,000 to programs like the Roger Maris Cancer Center, the new Sanford hospital, and the Fargo Air Museum.

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