Warbirds, Golden Knights and Blaze Battalion JROTC return for 2023 ALWS

Jul 10, 2023

US Army Parachute Team

SHELBY, NC – July 10, 2023 – The Executive Committee of The American Legion World Series (ALWS) is pleased to announce that some of its 2022 guests will return for the 2023 ALWS, scheduled for Aug. 10 – 15 at Shelby High School’s Keeter Stadium.

USAA Military Appreciation Day on Saturday, Aug. 12, will be especially thrilling with the pilots of three T-28 warbirds from the Museum of Flight executing a flyover and the U.S. Army Parachute Team, the Golden Knights, performing a 35-minute program between the second and third games of the day.

The T-28s, single-engine, vintage aircraft, generated excitement in 2022, and the pilots are eager to return. These World War II-era fighters are among the fastest propeller-driven airplanes ever built. The U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps used various models of the T-28 as trainers beginning in the 1950s; the military took the planes out of service as trainers in the 1980s. The planes also were used as counter-insurgency aircraft, primarily during the Vietnam War. The T-28 pilots will perform a flyover every day of the six-day tournament.

The T-28s and the Golden Knights’ plane will be on public display Saturday 9:00 – 11:00 AM at the Shelby-Cleveland County Regional Airport.