T6 Flyover!

2013-flyoverHERE THEY COME!
A favorite salute for all of us when they fly over!!

The T6 Flyover is Saturday, June 18th. 
(Rain date is Sunday, June 19th)
Approximately 11:00am

How exciting to see all of the Street Rods and customs at the Minnesota Street Rod Association’s Back to the 50’sWeekend. Then add a little entertainment from Chuck
Datko and his crew flying their T-6 Thunder planes making several passes over the fairgrounds Saturday morning around 11:00 am. During the time of the Fly
Over, Wings will be playing our National Anthem. So remember, watch for the T-6 Thunders Saturday!

MSRA - Back to 50 Flyover

The article below has been reprinted in its entirety from the LineChaser as told by Chuck Datko.

Chuck Datko #22417 was a Spartan car club member and then joined the Torquers in ‘64 when they were down on the island. He knew all the old guys, like Jerry Johnson, Ron White, and Billy Bissonett.

T-6 Thunder North American Flight Team formed 15 years ago and they are coming again to our Back to the 50’s. The first year the group did a flyover at Back to the 50’s, it was purely by chance. They were on our way back from an air show and his brother, Frank #L-11145 suggested they fly over Back to the 50’s. Then they met Terry Stade and the “rest is history.”

The aircraft are all North American AT6s used during WWII for training and in the Korean War. They were called “forward air controllers.” They would fly low and slow and mark targets. Then jets came in and did the bombing.

The group does an annual flyover for the Northern Knights who have a memorial service. As a matter of fact, they are mostly involved in vets funerals and memorials. Probably one half of their events are funerals. They’ve also entertained for the Minnesota Twins, the Vikings and Gophers, Concordia College and the Minneapolis Torchlite parade.