Vintage airplanes take off from downtown Greenville Airport

GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) – It was a chance to step back in time at the Greenville Downtown Airport over the weekend.

“The romance and charm of vintage warbirds and aircraft obviously surpasses anything produced today,” said Warbird Adventures Chief Instructor Thom Richard.

Warbird Adventures, a vintage aircraft flight school in Ninety Six, brought its fleet of six planes to the airport, from the T-6 Texan to the P-40 Warhawk American Dream.

“Bringing aviation to the community, we love aviation. We live it every day and bringing in these historic planes, just so people can see them and potentially fly is a wonderful thing for us,” explained the director of public relations for the downtown Greenville airport, Robert Hoover.

Warbird Adventures teaches people how to fly WWII planes.

“It’s a beautiful thing. My dad was in the military, so that’s a connection I have with them,” said Mark, who came to see the planes on Sunday.

“It evokes a lot of emotion and excitement in people and it’s just fantastic to see little kids running up to the planes and laughing out loud because they’re so excited,” says Richard. “Same thing with adults, when they fly in one they swear up and down it’s the greatest thing they’ve ever done.”

Nicknamed the “Pilot Maker”, the T-6 Texan is what WWII fighter pilots trained on before going into battle. The plane was designed about 90 years ago. Even though the technology has changed a lot since then, it is still used to inspire future pilots.

“There is always this interest, always. I would love to be in one of those helicopters or a plane. That would be awesome,” Mark said.

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