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W.Va. Guard air show set to fly in 2010

November 27, 2009

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The 167th Airlift Wing of the West Virginia Air National Guard will know next month whether the air show they are planning for next year at Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport will feature a top-flight act, Maj. Melissa Shade said on Wednesday.

"Regardless, we are going to do an air show even if we don't," Shade said of plans for staging an event in September 2010.

The 167th Airlift Wing, a reserve unit of the U.S. Air Force, is partnering with organizers of the three Spirit of America Air shows previously held at the airport to hold the 2010 show, Shade confirmed.

Spirit of America show organizer Nicholas Diehl said in an e-mail that the previous events have helped raise more than $60,000 for the United Way of the Eastern Panhandle, which has served as an umbrella for the Spirit of American Air Show.

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"If this partnership works, it promises to be a larger event than our past air shows, and a great community event," Diehl said.

- Matthew Umstead

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