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McConnell Air Show's aerial teams have Wichita connections

When you turn out for this weekend’s air show at McConnell Air Force Base, some native Wichitans will have a hand in the aerial demonstrations.

Native Wichitan and renowned pilot Clay Lacy will be in Wichita this weekend to perform aerobatics.  He’ll be flying in a smoke-equipped 1966 Learjet 24. The plane was built at Learjet in Wichita.

It’s the only business aircraft that will be performing aerobatic maneuvers at the show.

Lacy is founder and CEO of Clay Lacy Aviation, a Los Angeles-based air charter operation. Lacy has more than 50,000 flight hours, including flying for United Airlines and flying charter, performing stunts at air shows and filming flights for air-to-air scenes in movies, such as “Top Gun.”

A Wichita-built Twin Beech will also perform aerobatics with smoke at the show.

The U.S. Air Force’s Thunderbirds arrival into town for the show is also a homecoming for one of its team members. The Thunderbirds will perform Saturday and Sunday.

Cameron Camacho is a noncommissioned officer, who joined the Thunderbirds in August working in communications.  Camacho grew up in Haysville and attended Bishop Carroll High School.

Hope you can come out.

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