The Dyess Big Country Airfest coming April 28 will highlight the 70th anniversary since military aircraft first arrived in Abilene.
The airfest will feature many different aircraft that have served the military in Abilene since 1942, when the air base was created as the Abilene Army Air Base ? before the name was changed to Dyess to honor Lt. Col. William Dyess, a Texas native who died in World War II.
Highlights of the air show will include a re-enactment of the attack on Pearl Harbor, which occurred just months before the establishment of the air base.
The airfest and Dyess AFB open house will begin at 8 a.m. April 28. Visitors will be admitted through the Tye Gate on Military Drive.
Aerial demonstrations will include a B-1, B-2, C-130, Army Golden Knights, Air Force Academy Wings of Blue, a heritage flight with an A-10, P-51, and a B-25 Mitchell, to name a few. Other warbirds highlighted will be a P-40 Warhawk, A-26 and Mig-17.
For visitors coming to the airfest, these items are prohibited when entering the base: No firearms, weapons, illegal drugs, pepper spray, pets, coolers, backpacks, outside food or drinks, bicycles and scooters (except for handicap) will be allowed.
Additional information about performances, static displays and other attractions will be posted on the Dyess Big Country Airfest website at: http://www.dyessfss.com/airfest.html.