Soggy, cloudy weather impacts 'Frontiers in Flight' airshow

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Despite a gray and gloomy week in Wichita, the Airmen at McConnell Air Force Base are still looking to the skies.

Unfortunately, the soggy weather has already impacted the arrival of some of the aircraft to the “Frontiers in Flight” airshow.

Eric Kent, who is in charge of getting aircraft assigned spots for display, says the weather has impacted where he has arranged planes. 

He said, “We have a couple of our static display aircraft that are still coming in and they will still be in the show. Weather in the entire Midwest is kind of holding up some of those delays. They are trying to get here tonight.”

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Also grounded, the Hometown Hero flight scheduled with the famous demonstration squadron:  the United States Air Force Thunderbirds. The hero was in uniform, prepped and anxious to fly.

Alex Bieler, a Wichita police officer nominated for the flight, said, “I thought I’d get really, really nervous, but I’m not as nervous as I thought I’d be. I'm sure when I get in there it will all hit me.”

But now he'll have to wait another day to fly.

Soggy conditions even caused parking changes for those planning to visit the airshow. Event organizers have closed the Textron Aviation Field parking because it's too wet and drivers could get stuck.

“There is going to be thousands of more spaces with our partners that Spirit AeroSystems and air capital flight line and those will be free parking spaces and a free shuttle will be offered for everyone coming to enjoy the show," said Daniel de La Fe, USAF Media Relations Chief.

If wet or cloudy weather persists, the airshow could be delayed but there are plenty of other things to see, including some amazing plans that will be on display.

Kent said, “We're hoping to have a 78-degree day and sunshine -- would be the best gift we could be given at this point.”

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