WAUKEGAN, Ill. — An upcoming air show in northern Illinois will feature a missing-man formation in honor of a pilot who died while flying a World War II-era plane in Kansas last month.
Vlado Lenoch, 64, and a passenger died July 16 after the 1944 plane crashed, The Chicago Tribune reported . The crash occurred one day after the P-51 fighter flew in a festival that celebrates famed aviator Amelia Earhart.
Northern Illinois Air Show President Tom Coogan said the show at the Waukegan National Airport on Sept. 9 will honor Lenoch, who participated at air shows in Waukegan.
“He perished along with (fellow pilot Bethany Root) in Baby Duck, which has been a perennial favorite at this and other air shows around the country,” Coogan said. “A loss like this is unfortunate for not only the Northern Illinois Airshow and the Warbird Heritage Foundation, but for air shows across the county.”
Coogan said the show will also feature staged dogfights with Korean War-era planes, paratroopers jumping with a giant United States flag and trailing smoke. He said organizers are expecting 10,000 attendees.
“One of the really cool aspects of attending the Northern Illinois Air Show is the ability to walk around the ramp right up to flyable aircraft and their crew,” Coogan said. “Most people never get that experience. Bring your curiosity and questions.”
Information from: Chicago Tribune, http://www.chicagotribune.com