WWII Flying Aces Coming For Radials & Rivers
"Bud" Anderson & "Whitey" Feightner
LEWISTON, ID – The Golden Age of aircraft is coming to Lewiston. Radials & Rivers is in one week. The Lewiston Airport will be bustling with families, airplane enthusiasts, and Veterans who flew in some of the aircraft on display during their military service.
Gary Peters is helping organize the event. He says they’re excited to be able to bring in several living legends who fought in World War II. “Why do we wait until they all pass to honor them at their funeral? Why don’t we do this when they’re alive and with us and healthy so they can see for themselves just how much we appreciate their sacrifice and what they did.”
The group behind the event is bringing two famous pilots for flights in their favorite aircraft.
99-year-old Edward “Whitey” Feightner retired from the Navy as a Rear Admiral, a World War II Ace, and is the only living original Blue Angel. His favorite was a Grumman Hellcat.
Clarence “Bud” Anderson started in the Army Air Corps before it became the Air Force. By the end of World War II he was a triple ace and the man Chuck Yeager called “The best fighter pilot I ever saw.” His favorite was the P51 Mustang.
This year the organizing team is hosting an event that may very well be a first. They’re bringing in just about every model of the Mustang aircraft at the same time. They’ll all be lined up for viewing and photos. “We’re going to showcase those aircraft, and we’re going to showcase our airport and our community. This is where it happened. It happened at Radials & Rivers.”
The event is open to everyone.
Friday night there’s a Banquet with the honored guests. It’s from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm with dinner served at 5:30 pm. Tickets are $50. You can get them at Rosauers in Lewiston, Roger’s dealerships, and Les Schwab in Lewiston and Clarkston.
Saturday the main event is at Hillcrest Aircraft Company at the west end of the airport. Gates open at 7:00 am with the opening ceremonies and the first flying event at 9:00 am and runs until 12:00. The afternoon session starts at 2:00 and ends around 5:00. Admission and parking are free.
Photos of Anderson & Feightner Courtesy: Wikipedia
Photo of P51 Courtesy: Collings Foundation
Photo of Hellcat Courtesy: Wikipedia