On Warbird Ride Day, Texomans fly high in the skies

DENISON, Tex. (KXII)-- Texomans are learning about historical aircrafts from WWII and the Vietnam War, a few lucky ones even got the opportunity to fly high in the skies.

A blast from the past filled the Sherman skies on Saturday.

It was all part of the Warbird Ride Day at the North Texas Regional Airport.

The first ever event at the airport where people could ride in planes once used in battle in World War II and Vietnam.

"It's kind of the difference between going to a taxidermy and the zoo, you know you actually get to see them fly, get to hear em, smell em, interact with them," said Doug Jeanes.

"It's amazing seeing all these planes," said a young girl who was there with her family.

It's made possible by the Cavanaugh Flight Museum in Addison, a group that's known for teaching, restoring and providing rides on a kind of aircraft that is quietly disappearing.

When Texomans like Dwayne Eason and his son Rodney heard about the opportunity they knew they had to come.

"Rodney looked this up and he said, hey you wanna go ride in a Warbird? I said heck yeah I'm in," said Eason.

Doug Jeanes is Executive Director for the Cavanaugh Flight Museum and says they plan to expand to the Texoma area.

And add to the restoration facility they already have here.

The event was also an opportunity to inform the community about what the museum is all about.

"We hope to do an annual event of some type here, maybe even two a year, we're looking to possibly doing an air show in the upcoming future," said Jeanes.

The Bell Helicopter, also known as the Huey was used in a mission during the Vietnam War in 1966.

Dozens of people, had the opportunity to fly.

It's a view you don't get to experience very often.

"To see these old war birds and actually get to ride in them and experience some of the history, it was a once in a lifetime experience," said Rodney Eason.