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T-Birds up crowds at show Thousands more attended 36th Annual VAC Warbird Museum and TICO AirShow this year By Patrick McCallister For Veteran Voice

Mitch Kloorfain/chief photographer Rick Svetkoff disembarks from the F-104 Starfighter after performing an exhibition prior to the start of the Tico Warbird 2013 Airshow at the Space Coast Regional Airport for three performances last weekend.

to see the Thunderbirds this year. If the demonstration team heads back to the air-show circuit this year, locals could get a second shot at seeing them in action. That’ll be at the Cocoa Beach Air & Space Show, Oct. 19 to 20.

Bryan Lilley, promoter of the Cocoa Beach show, said he’s confident the Thunderbirds will fly twice in Brevard County this year. “Our show is not until October, which is a long way off and after a new fiscal year,” Lilley said. “We believe the team will be back in action by Oct. 1.” The federal fiscal year starts on Oct. 1. The Cocoa Beach show is one of the last scheduled appearances for the air team in 2013. It’ll be at Lori Wilson Park, 1500 N. Atlantic Ave. The next big event for the avi-

ation museum is the first of its annual two open houses. That’ll be on Memorial Day weekend, May 25 to 27. There’s no charge for admission those days. “We have an antique car show,” Yon said. “We have veteran pilots standing by aircraft to tell folks about their experience in them.” In addition to food wagons, musical guests and … “Just about anything we can throw together to add to the experience for people we do,” Yon said.

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The roar of the Thunderbirds is gone, but the action continues. The 36th annual Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum & TICO AirShow, March 22 to 24, was a hit. “It was a record-breaking crowd,” Terry Yon, public relations officer at the museum, said. “The Thunderbirds really brought the crowds in.” Yon said the first appearance of the Thunderbirds at the annual show pushed attendance up about 30 to 50 percent. “We normally do 30,000 to 35,000,” Yon said. “We think we easily had 45,000 this year.” The crack pilots of the U.S. Air Force’s Thunderbirds are highly trained and motivated combat aviators who can fly through any melee — except bickering politicians. On March 1, Maj. Darrick Lee, Thunderbirds’ public affairs officer, announced that the air demonstration team will be grounded after April 1 due to the federal budget sequestration. The Valiant Air Command’s show might have been fans’ last chance

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VETERAN VOICE • THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE • MARCH 29, 2013 • 3 Maj. Curtis Dockerty of the USAF Thunderbird team shared stories and experiences with Gen. Tom Stafford USAF retired during a meeting of the pilots and crew at Patrick Air Force Base prior to the Tico Warbird Airshow. Gen. Stafford was head of the astronaut group in 1969 and commander of Apollo 10 and performed the first rendezvous around the moon.

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Magnificance in the air Rick Svetkoff piloted the F-104 Starfighter during the Tico Warbird 2013 Airshow at the Space Coast Regional Airport for three performances last weekend.

Mitch Kloorfain chief photographer The Sterarman bi-plane performed during the Tico Warbird 2013 Airshow at the Space Coast Regional Airport for three performances last weekend.

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Airport greeters needed for returning Honor Flight vets By Patrick McCallister For Veteran Voice

“We were talking to the airport employees the other day, and I think we scared them with our grand plans. I’m shooting for hundreds. Thousands may get us kicked out.”

It’s one of the most well-known numbers among veterans: 1,000 a day. That’s the commonly-cited number of World War II veterans who die daily. It’s also the urgency behind the Honor Flight Southeast Florida. “We have done 11 flights,” Todd Tucker, vice chair, said. “We’ve taken 852 veterans to date. In May, we’ll exceed our 1,000 veterans. We have a waiting list of over 300.” The Honor Flight Network is a national program that takes World War II veterans to see the memorial dedicated to them on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. It was erected in 2004. The honor flights began, almost by accident, a year later. Honor Flight Southeast Florida, called a “hub,” started in 2009. Its next flight is on April 27. Vanessa Smolen, a local Honor Flight volunteer, is heading up an effort, Project Homecoming, to get more folks out to greet the veterans when they return from Washington to the Palm Beach International Airport at 7:50 p.m. “We were talking to the airport employees the other day, and I think we scared them with our grand plans,” she said. “I’m shooting for hundreds. Thousands may get us kicked out.” A recent local screening of “Honor Flight: The Movie” inspired Project Homecoming. Smolen was instrumental in getting four January showings of the documentary at Carmike Cinema 14, 1900 N.W. Courtyard Circle, Port

Vanessa Smolen Southeast Honor Flight St. Lucie. She said the documentary showed thousands of Wisconsin locals turning out to greet returning veterans. “It was so huge, we thought it was Photoshopped or something, or they put a call out and said, ‘We’re making this movie,’” she said. “But, no. That’s how many always turn out for the veterans in Wisconsin. It was overwhelming to see the amount of people who came out.” According to a 2008 Associated Press estimate, the once 16.1 million World War II veterans are dying at a rate of more than 1,100 a day. Only about 2 million are living, according to a recent report by the Department of Veterans Affairs. No one has an exact daily death count, but the VA, AP and others have developed the same estimate by using long-form census data, VA data, and standard mortality tables. The VA estimates that America will have almost no World War II veterans by 2020. If the oldest lives as long as Frank Buckles — the last surviving American World War I serviceman — America will lose its last World War II

veteran in 24 years, 2037. Buckles died in 2011 at age 110. The youngest World War II veterans were born in 1927 and are 86. The Honor Flights are free to the veterans. They’re accompanied by guardians, volunteers who pay to their own way to care for the veterans during their visits to Washington. In addition to Honor Flight Southeast Florida, there’s another local hub, Space Coast Honor Flight. That volunteer group also has a flight scheduled for April 27. That flight is from the Orlando International Airport. The Space Coast hub has flights planned for June 1 and 22, Aug. 24, Sept. 28 and Oct. 19. The Southeast Florida hub has another flight planned for May 25, and is scheduling two more for fall. Honor Flight Southeast Florida is on the web at Space Coast Honor Flight is at Smolen said after their tours of Washington-area memorials, the Honor Flight veterans value something more. “When you talk to these people and ask, ‘What did you enjoy most about the day?’ they say, ‘The people that met them at the airport.’” For additional information about the movie “Honor Flight: The Movie,” visit For more about the national Honor Flight Network, see Information about the Washington, D.C., World War II Monument is at




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the state on March 24. On March 21, the Florida House voted 108-7 in favor of House Bill 155, which bans gambling establishments. The bill was sponsored by South Florida state Rep. Carlos Trujillo and is expected to go to the Senate and then Gov. Rick Scott before the session ends. The arcade’s owner, Joe Davis, a PGA Village resident, started in the local arcade business 10 years ago. He said seniors will suffer the most if the Senate supports the House’s bill. “The senior citizens are who they’re killing. They have a lot of fun,” Davis said. “We have birthday parties. Every holiday we feed them Thanksgiving turkey. It’s a part of their life.” Davis said his machines are drastically different from highstakes slot machines, which award cash. Golden Nugget and neighboring arcades offer gift cards to local stores and the

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