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Planes arrive in town for 2019 Kansas City Air Show, Kevin Holmes goes for a ride

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Posted at 3:02 PM, Jul 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-03 23:55:27-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Planes began arriving in town for the 2019 Kansas City Air Show on Wednesday.

The high-flying event takes place July 6 and 7 at the Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport, and includes a variety of acts.

One of the most anticipated performances is the famed Blue Angels.

The Xtra 300 is one of the many other planes that will be at the 2019 Kansas City Air Show. Pilot Dell Coller showed 41 Action News Anchor Kevin Holmes the ins-and-outs of the plane.

Coller refers the plane as the “Screaming Sasquatch.” It’s a 1929 biplane that he and his crew put a jet engine on.

“So, there’s two engines on the airplane. The first one is a Breton Witten 985 engine designed in the 30’s,” he explained "The second is a lear engine. It’s the same engine used on corporate. It produces three thousand pounds of thrust."

The plane was designed to do many acrobatic tricks and promises one heck of a show.

“We’re gonna start from ground level, straight up, start rolling to the right, put some cross-control in. Tuck it into an inverted flat spin and recover back to the left of the air show box. Then, there’s the hover. So, we’re going to pull up from ground level, put it straight up, get to zero airspeed and apply full power on the jet and just ride it on the jet pipe. As high as you want to go, as fast as you want to go and as loud as you can imagine. This airplane has got it all.” Coller said.

Spectators can expect top speeds of 250 milers per hour and for the Screaming Sasquatch's crew to go as high as 7,000 feet in the air.

For more information on the Kansas City Air Show and to purchase tickets, visit the event's website.