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Night air shows excite EAA fans and fliers

11:02 PM, Aug. 3, 2013
An aerobatic pilot creates streaks of light in the sky over Wednesday night's crowd on the EAA grounds for AirVenture July 31, 2013.
An aerobatic pilot creates streaks of light in the sky over Wednesday night's crowd on the EAA grounds for AirVenture July 31, 2013.
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At Wednesday's night air show, superlatives flew from Mike Gordon as freely as the aircraft soared above him in the darkening sky.

"It's totally awesome," Gordon of Belfast, Northern Ireland, said. "It's astonishing. I've been to stuff in Europe, but nothing like this. It's fantastic. It's wonderful."

It was a night amid a week of firsts for Gordon. His first night air show, during his first visit to the Experimental Aircraft Association's AirVenture. All of this, the day after his first flight in a B-17 Flying Fortress, EAA's "Aluminum Overcast." ...

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