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Local man shows off plane at Lehigh Valley Airshow

Local man showing off plane at Lehigh Valley Airshow

HANOVER TWP., Pa. - Pilots are flying in from all over the country for this weekend's Lehigh Valley Air Show, but the local area will be represented.

A pilot who got his start in the region is returning.

"I started flying when I was 16 down near Doylestown, learned to fly airplanes with engines here at Ace Pilot Training on the airport at Allentown," said Stephen Fiegel, a Bethlehem native.

He is currently an aerobatics flight instructor with Gauntlet Warbirds in Illinois.

"Our full time job is to teach people how to fly airplanes upside down and if they accidentally get upside down, what to do about it," he told 69 News.

The Freedom High School graduate is at the air show to show off a friend's World War II airplane, an SNJ-5, in the static display area at the show.

His family is excited he's back, especially his dad, who helped him overcome a fear of flying as a child.

Gary Fiegel said, "He's more comfortable in the air than anywhere else, so we're just thrilled to have him come home."

"I haven't flown around here in probably four or five years and yesterday flying in was cool just to see, I flew, ended up going right over top of where I went to high school, the houses and stuff, I could actually see where I used to live," said Fiegel.

The Lehigh Valley Air Show is Saturday and Sunday at Lehigh Valley International Airport.

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