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Illinois air show to honor pilot killed in Kansas crash

An upcoming air show in northern Illinois will feature a missing-man formation in honor of a pilot who died while flying a World War II-era plane in Kansas last month. (Courtesy: MGN Online)

An upcoming air show in northern Illinois will feature a missing-man formation in honor of a pilot who died while flying a World War II-era plane in Kansas last month.

The Chicago Tribune reports that 64-year-old Vlado Lenoch and a passenger died July 16 after the 1944 plane crashed. The crash occurred one day after the P-51 fighter flew in a festival that celebrates famed aviator Amelia Earhart.

Northern Illinois Air Show President Tom Coogan says the Sept. 9 show at the Waukegan National Airport will honor Lenoch, who participated at air shows in Waukegan.

Coogan says the show will also feature staged dogfights with Korean War-era planes, paratroopers jumping with a giant United States flag and trailing smoke. He says organizers are expecting 10,000 attendees.

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