Today the Fargo AirSho committee had to make a very difficult decision.
The 2013 Fargo AirSho, scheduled to take place on August 10-11 at the Fargo Hector International Airport, has been cancelled.
Air show co-chairs Dick Walstad, Darrol Schroeder and Mike Haugen made the decision after reviewing all aspects of the event. While the cancellation of performances by the Navy Blue Angels flight team was a major factor, other considerations led to the decision. Due to the sequestration, other branches of the military have cut back drastically in supporting air shows with static displays and flying demonstrations. In addition, key businesses that support air shows have had to suspend operation for the 2013 air show season and will be unable to support our event.
While we are disappointed that this year’s show will not happen, we will continue to plan future air shows to support our community and the non-profit organizations that have benefitted from previous events.
We will keep you up-to-date as future plans develop.
KINDRED, N.D. – One of Bob Odegaard’s many aerial performances included an appearance a few weeks ago with the Texas Flying Legends to honor former President George H.W. Bush on his birthday.
Friends and well-wishers learned of that appearance Wednesday, when Odegaard, a flying legend who died Friday while practicing for an air show in Valley City, was laid to rest here.
A close friend, fellow pilot Tom Kenville, read a letter from someone who saw Odegaard fly for the former president that day. It was written by an old fighter pilot who knew he’d witnessed a display of elite flying talent.
“Bob was the best in his field and will be long remembered and respected for that,” the letter writer said in expressing condolences to the Odegaard family, in a passage Kenville read aloud at Odegaard’s funeral mass.
The letter was signed, simply, George Bush from Houston, Texas.