With the fireworks, Addison’s annual Kaboom Town show lasts nearly three hours. For thousands of spectators, turning their eyes skyward to follow the thrilling day and evening air shows and ooh and ahh at the fireworks display that follows is the perfect way to celebrate the anniversary of America’s independence.
What most don’t realize is that the Addison Airport staff starts putting Kaboom Town together the previous November by booking the aerobatic acts. It’s not as easy as it sounds. Given the airport’s location under the DFW Class B airspace, Addison has a compact aerobatic box, and only a handful of performers fly aircraft that can safely perform on this limited aerial stage.
A half-dozen performers take to the aerial stage along with flying history from the Cavanaugh Flight Museum. Randy Henderson will fly his Texas T-Cart and Dallas-based Jan Collmer will wind up his Extra 300L, as will Mike Galloway in his Extra 300. Gene Soucy and his Grumman Showcat biplane will perform day and night, as will Kaboom Town favorite Dan Buchanan in his motorized hang glider.
Addison is part of a five-year, $10 million project to demonstrate how a radar network of X-band sensors can improve hazardous weather forecasts, warnings, and responses in a dense urban environment. The Dallas Fort Worth Urban Demonstration Network consist of eight radar sites, including the Town of Addison Service Center on Westgrove Drive, at the northeast corner of Addison Airport.
The Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA) and the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) are leading the project. It will develop high-resolution radar maps of current and future weather in the lowest part of the atmosphere, altitudes unseen by other weather radar. This overlapping network will detect and forecast severe wind, tornadoes, hail, ice, and flash floods.