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Plane at Anderson County Regional Airport Wednesday (May 27, 2015)Plane at Anderson County Regional Airport Wednesday (May 27, 2015)

Richard Willis and Ryan Hulon (Courtesy: Upstate Warrior Solution)Chance-Vought F-4U Corsair (Courtesy: Anderson County/ andairshow.com)Richard Willis and Ryan Hulon (Courtesy: Upstate Warrior Solution)

ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A World War II veteran jumped Wednesday at the inaugural Anderson County Air Show at Anderson Regional Airport.

Richard Willis skydived at 6:30 p.m.

Richard Willis and Ryan Hulon (Courtesy: Upstate Warrior Solution)Willis, an 89-year-old World War II veteran whose B-17 bomber was shot down by German forces in 1945, also raised money for the Richard Campbell Veterans Nursing Home in Anderson, where many WWII and Korean War heroes are living out their final days.

The money raised will be used to fund extracurricular activities that will improve the quality of life for veterans at the nursing home and also benefit Upstate Warrior Solution, a local non-profit that connects the families of soldiers and veterans with support services and groups in the Upstate area.

Willis was originally scheduled to jump with Anderson native Rylon Hulon, a veteran who served in Afghanistan and Iraq. However, only Willis was able to jump due to time constraints.

The Canadian Forces 431st Air Demonstration Squadron, better known as the Canadian Snowbirds, performed aeronautic feats in the skies above Anderson County during the air show.

Chance-Vought F-4U Corsair (Courtesy: Anderson County/ andairshow.com)The Snowbirds performance commemorates the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain, the first major World War II battle to be fought entirely by air forces.

"We are thrilled to welcome the Canadian Snowbirds back to Anderson, " said County Council Chairman Tommy Dunn. "The Anderson Regional Airport is one of our County's greatest assets and this event helped us showcase it to the public.”

The air show also featured performances by the Special Forces Association Parachute Team and a salute to Korean War veterans with an aerobatic performance by "Korean War Hero, " a fully restored Chance-Vought F-4U Corsair.

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