The Denton Air Fair and Air Show brought together a significant number of air enthusiasts to the Denton airport last Saturday, according to a report by Candace Carlisle on Sunday’s Denton Record Chronicle. The crowd, ten thousand strong, came despite having to suffer through the sun’s heat and the humidity of summer to witness various feats in the sky; some of them even took to the skies themselves.
Among the crowd are young people who may well be the future heroes of the land. George McSweeney is fourteen and has plans of becoming a helicopter pilot for the US Navy. He and his family had tickets to see aerial tricks, and they set up chairs early to get good seating space. He and his older brother also took to the skies via a helicopter ride – getting an aerial view of certain parts of the city – as well as a taste of the aircraft that he would like to pilot one day. The trip was a surprise from his parents, according to the teenager – “It’s cool!”
Also in the crowd is seventeen-year old Misty McGee. A Naval Sea Cadet, the teenager would like to become a Navy SEAL one day. At this point, though, that may be a long shot, considering that the SEALs are still exclusively an all-male team. McGee was at the Air Show as she saw the event as a great opportunity to see helicopters up close. It is also an opportunity for the teenager to absorb as much information as she can – through the things that she will see and witness, as well as from the conversations she can have with pilots who are there – which will help her with decide which path in life to take. Just like most Naval Sea Cadets, McGee may enter the reserves, proceed to college, or choose to serve her country, most probably by joining the Armed Forces.