Big Iron at Breckenridge TX, I Remember That!


It’s back!!!   After a 20 year hiatus, the Breckenridge (Texas) Air Show will take to the skies again. Over Memorial Day Weekend, specifically on Sunday May 28, 2017, the “resurrection” of this legendary air show will occur. There are some events occurring on the Saturday (practice day) and early morning before main gates open (sunrise photo tour) too. Back in the early 1990’s, I took two trips to the  beehive of warbird activity at Breckenridge. “Big Iron” was the draw… World War II fighters, trainers, and bombers were the main focus, but later-produced warbirds were represented in good numbers as well.  That seems to be the theme this year, too!


The Stephens County Airport, in a rather rural part of the state, sits a few hours’ drive west of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. A few decades ago, more than a few reasons existed for drawing a mass of interesting and exciting warbirds to the air shows held at the airport. It was here that the late Howard Pardue kept his stable of fighters (Corsair, Sea Fury, Wildcat, Bearcat), it was and still is home to warbird restoration specialists Ezell Aviation (known for, among many others, Corsair and Sea Fury rebuilds back then), and Texas has always had a vibrant warbird community.


This year, 2017, the Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with Ezell Aviation and other local companies to present this event. Besides warbird aviation, the area has a rich heritage in the cattle and oil industries. Cisco, about half an hour’s drive south of Breckenridge, was home to Conrad Hilton’s first hotel too!

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Here are a few photos from my visits during 1991 and 1992, enjoy!


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