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      Gaylord hosts annual Father's Day air show

      Nearly ten thousand people were in awe of the performances at the Wings Over Gaylord air show this weekend.

      There was something at the air show for everyone, from World War II planes to a jet school bus.

      â??It's a good time I think for their families to get together over Father's Day,â?? said Matt Barresi, Gaylord Regional Airport Director. â??We wanted to make a venue that dads would think is pretty cool.â??

      Organizers say the event is different than any other in northern Michigan because it also includes ground attractions.

      â??I think it's important to promote aviation to a new generation and this is one way of doing it,â?? said Barresi. â??Getting them out to the airport, getting them up close to the aircraft, letting them sit in the cockpit, giving tours of the big planes and enjoying as a family is a great way of doing it, also.â??

      The air show was filled with tricks that impressed the audience. Pilots from all over the world came to Gaylord to show off their talents.

      â??Doing a lot of rolls, tumbles that all look out-of-control but of course weâ??re doing it in control,â?? said pilot Michael Vaknin.

      Even after years of performing at air shows across the country, pilots say the crowd at Wings Over Gaylord is one of the best.

      â??Seeing the smiles on the faces and dealing with the younger crowd like that and having them explore aviation,â?? said pilot David Monroe.