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Pilots put on a show in Warren

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WARREN, Vt. -

It was a family affair for a good cause at the Warren-Sugarbush Airport Sunday.

There were loops and dips and every possible stunt you could imagine in the air for the Stars and Stripes Airshow.

The Warren family started the charity event 35 years ago and its been soaring high ever since. This year, all proceeds will go to the King Street Youth Center in Burlington. "We're trying to help support this great, charitable organization, so this is really what the event's about," said event organizer and pilot, Jim Parker.

And there's nothing like a day of giving back while entertaining the crowd.  Parker also had a few stunts of his own to show off. "We're gonna circle that jumper with our smoke on until she gets to about a thousand feet," he said. "It's just a party for us.  We get to fly, we get to play and we get to support the airport and a great cause."

Pilots from all over the Northeast and Canada came out to fly and show off stunts you don't see everyday. "We're going to be taking off with four airplanes and we're gonna do a little formation aerobatics. We're gonna go through a series of loops and roles and stuff like this,"said pilot Dan Fortin.

As the crowd watched on and Fortin prepared for take off, he says the key to flying is preparation. "Your mindset goes to a very special place. You forget everything around and you mentally prepare for the performance. It's training, training kicks in and makes it easier," he said.

All the training and focus paid off for Sunday's charity -- and also impressed onlookers -- like Jamie McCue. "I'm having a great time here at the airshow. It's really amazing to see what these planes are capable of," he said.

And If you missed this month's charity event, the Parker Family Airshows will be soaring back into to Burlington in August.

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