An airplane sits on the runway during the Greenwood Aviation Expo and Air Show on Saturday at the Greenwood County Airport. (Matt Walsh | Index-Journal)
An airplane sits on the runway during the Greenwood Aviation Expo and Air Show on Saturday at the Greenwood County Airport. (Matt Walsh | Index-Journal)
Planes, helicopters and automobiles were all on display Saturday at the Greenwood Aviation Expo and Air Show. The expo, hosted at the Greenwood County Airport, showcased more than 100 airplanes and helicopters. Plane rides, remote-controlled airplanes and a variety of aircraft displays dazzled the early-morning participants as the event ramped up to its four air shows.
Coordinating any airport is a monumental task. Doing so with the additional resources and attractions presented an even larger challenge for the event's steering community.
"One person can't do it," said Stan Stockman, event chairman. "We have 75 to 80 volunteers. And we had 2,000 people come in last year. We're hoping for anywhere from 2,000 to 3,000 this year."
One of the attractions was an AH-1 U.S. Army Cobra gunship. James Breznay flew UH-1 helicopter gunships in the Vietnam War. Now, he travels across the country, showcasing the AH-1 Cobra gunship from the same era with the Celebrate Freedom Foundation. The foundation encourages young adults to apply themselves in mathematics and science and then to look for careers in aviation.
"We're all volunteers," Breznay said. "We go around to air shows, schools and just try to get our message out. The kids really seem to like the helicopter."

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