Keep Your Eye To The Sky This Weekend

By Maureen Mespell

August 30, 2012 Updated Aug 30, 2012 at 4:53 PM EST

Fort Wayne, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) -- Not one, but two F22 fighter jets cruised in for a landing at Fort Wayne International Airport Thursday.

Major Henry Schantz is one of the two pilots who will be at the controls during the Air Show exhibition.

Maj. Henry Schantz/F22 Pilot: " We're going to fly it backwards. I'm going to take it and fly it anywhere from 60 to 600 miles an hour."

The F22 is a fighter jet the enemy would prefer not to ever see.

Aviation enthusiasts wish they could see the plane in action more often.

"I'll tell you what," says 122nd Wing Commander Col. David Augustine, "we were only one of a handful of air shows in the country this year to get the F22, so this is a great deal for Fort Wayne."

Among those getting an early look at the Raptor, about 30 employees of BAE Systems in Fort Wayne, which makes 33 different modules on board, including flight control computers and cockpit switches.

It was a rare treat.

Jeff Benzing from BAE Systems says, "You know, they've gone out other places to see it, but to come into your hometown and see the plane that you're a big part of, it's a neat experience for them."

The important thing to remember is that it won't cost an arm and a leg to see these planes do their thing. The show is free to the public, hopefully the weather will cooperate, and everybody will have their eyes and mouths open as they watch Saturday and Sunday.




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