Planes take flight for 5th Annual Wings Over Winston Air Show

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WINSTON COUNTY, Miss. (WTOK) - Planes took to the skies Saturday for the 5th annual Wings over Winston Air Show.

"We have participants from all over the United States. Different performers come here and performs for us. We do this for the community. It's entertaining to the children. It's entertaining to people. They get to see a conglomerate of different aircraft,” says Louisville/Winston County Airport board member Ben Kirk.

Hundreds of people lined the fences to see the planes take off and soar.

Greg Koontz was one of the main performers in the airshow. He says flying is something he has always wanted to do.

"It started when my dad took me to an airshow in 1961. I was seven years old. One pilot was Bevo Howard. His plane is hanging in the Smithsonian. I talked to Bevo and he was just friendly. That kind of gave me the start,” says Koontz.

Koontz's goal is to inspire kids the same way Howard inspired him.

"It starts out as a passion to show off what you can do and everything. When that settles down, you start to realize that you are entertaining people. A lot of those people you are entertaining are kids. Hopefully you are inspiring some you people like Bevo inspired me. That's what I hope to do,” explains Koontz.

People enjoying the show say this event is a great way to get the younger generation interested in flying.

"It's just great to see people come out and be interested in what's going on and to get the youngsters involved in aviation. It sparks an interest and maybe someday they will pursue that,” says Alan Hovas.

"We pretty much just wanted to get out and see the show. This is a big community event that goes on annually so we just wanted to be a part of it,” says Jamar Broom.

People were able to ride for 15 minutes in a barnstormer plane. Kids had the opportunity to sit one on one with pilots and learn about the aircrafts.