Warbirds Plan To Return To Topeka

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)__ The Gathering of Warbirds and Legends air show ended their event Sunday afternoon, but plan to bring the event back next year.

Organizers tell 13 News that the turnout for the event was what they had hoped for. They saw a large turnout on Saturday (8/3), but because of the rain on Sunday (8/4) the numbers weren't as good.

Organizer Brooks Pettit says that since they have learned so much putting this event together, they now know what to expect for next year.

A total of 66 aircraft participated in the 3-day event. From the mass parachute drop to plane rides and more, the air show had something for everyone.

Kids and adults got the chance to climb into some of the aircraft and sit in the pilots seat.

Organizers said that there were 2 WWII veterans that attended the event. One of them being William "Bill" Borst of Overland Park, KS. Borst was reunited with his PV-2 Harpoon and taken for a ride Saturday. He was accompanied by friends and family during his flight.

Airplane owners and operators were treated to the hospitality hanger for food, drinks and great company.

15-year-old Patrick Wine of Wichita flew in with the Cessna Bobcat and a PT-23 to the event. He is currently in the process of training to get his pilots license. He said ever since his first flight in an airplane he has wanted to become a pilot. Patrick will be taking his first solo flight in September. His favorite airplane, an F4-U Corsair was not among the aircraft at the event.