U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules from the 911th Airlift Wing flies over Pittsburgh during a formation flight training exercise in which aircrew members trained on two-ship formations, run-ins, and low-level routes, October 18, 2012. The mission of the 911th is to organize, recruit and train Air Force Reserve personnel and to provide airlift of airborne forces, their equipment and supplies and delivery of these forces and materials by airdrop or airland operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christine Jones/ Released)

By Michael P. Mauer

Venerable military aircraft, live broadcasts over internet radio, scores of local vendors as well as community groups will be on hand when West Mifflin Community Day takes off at Allegheny Airport Saturday, Sept. 10 from 12 to 6 p.m.
Repeating as a star attraction, a United States Air Force C-130 Hercules will fly in for display courtesy of the Pittsburgh Air Reserve Station. The transport aircraft comes from a long lineage that has supported United States military efforts since 1957.
With its crew of five, the C-130 can safely fly 64 fully equipped airborne troops more than 2,300 miles at around 350 miles per hour. It is renowned for being able to take off and land on short runways. Air Force crewmembers will be on hand to explain the aircraft’s capabilities and provide tours.
Among the scheduled entertainers at the airport stage will be the Pittsburgh Belairs and the North Star Kids. Both groups were featured at last year’s community day.12017669_939640196094301_757168225783045903_o
Specializing in Motown and Doo Wop harmony, the Belairs have graced many events throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania and the Mon Valley. The combined musical stylings of Franco, Fred, Gloria (Lady G), Tommy and Johnny bring the ageless songs of the 50s and 60s to life.
A local youth ensemble, the North Star Kids have been performing throughout the Pittsburgh area over the last 30 years. They have made live appearances at all of the venues for the three major Pittsburgh professional sports teams, as well as with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

An added benefit to this year’s community day will be the event broadcast live over WMCK.FM McKeesport. Funded through Tube City Media, WMCK.FM is a community internet radio station serving the Mon Valley. It has been broadcasting at McKeesport’s International Village in Renziehausen Park over the last several years.
Featured food offerings will include pork, ribs, and chicken provided by Bad Azz BBQ, and other treats sold by various venders, as well as community group and athletic teams.
For more information about the event or to register for a vendor booth, contact West Mifflin Recreation Director Tony DiCenzo at 412-466-8170.