Lady Liberty Bomber and Air Force “Stealth look” race car to appear at Fly Iowa event in Atlantic


August 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce announced Tuesday some additions to the static displays which will be on hand for the “Fly Iowa” event September 15th, at the Atlantic Airport.

Douglas A-26 Invader “Lady Liberty.”

The A-26 “Lady Liberty” Invader bomber will be the highlight of the ground displays. Rick Pellett, Static Show Chair, says the bomber will be available for free cockpit tours when it is sitting on the ground, and, it will provide a flying demonstration. Her crew will available at the airshow to answer questions and help people get a feel for the history of the unique plane, which was the 130th Invader produced.

This particular aircraft was assigned to the 410th Bomb Group and began combat operations in early 1945. Each squadron was given one aircraft. They were painted completely black and initially used as night interdiction aircraft ranging all over Germany. This plane still has patches in the tail that were attributed to encounters with German night fighters. Pellett said “It is the only airshow A-26 that is in stock configuration, and has operable bomb bay doors.”

Other static displays at the air show will include many different military ‘warbirds,’ WWII tanks and other ground military vehicles, such as ambulances and radio trucks. Air museums will have displays at Fly Iowa, such as the Iowa Aviation Heritage Museum from Ankeny, and the Iowa Aviation Museum from Winterset. There will also be military art and jewelry vendors bringing displays that people can browse through and make purchases.

Pellett says a big draw at the event, will be the US Air Force’s black race car called “Vapor.”

U-S Air Force’ Dodge Challenger, “Vapor”

The fully customized Dodge Challenger showcases the cyber, space and technology aspects of the Air Force. It comes with an interactive touch-screen booth where air show attendees can get more information about how the car was modified, and information about the US Air Force and different technologies that are used in its jets and equipment.

In addition, a local group, the Atlantic RC Hawks…a remote controlled airplane club…will have their planes on display, and someone to answer questions and give information.