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USMC Capt. Richard Carmean attending a 4th of July St. Louis airshow as a boy (photo provided)

USMC Capt. Richard Carmean attending a 4th of July St. Louis airshow as a boy (photo provided)

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – As a boy, U.S. Marine Captain Richard Carmean of Florida watched air shows at the St. Louis riverfront while visiting family in town.

“Every summer, we’d come up, watch the Cardinals play in that blazing heat, and cap off the 4th of July with an air show. Then it was head back home after saying goodbye to grandma, grandpa, and the uncles,” Capt. Carmean tells KMOX News.

Now, Carmean is piloting the AV-8 Harrier in the 2011 Fair St. Louis air shows.

cahokia airport 9d1 Air Show Fan Now A Pilot He says it’s been a blast watching the crowds from above, “I’ve been a fan of the St. Louis air shows since about 1988 or 1989. This weekend I’m flying over the grounds smiling and looking down. It’s pretty exciting.”

Next on the agenda for Carmean before he returns to base in Arizona—- attending Monday’s Cardinals game at Busch Stadium with some fellow Marines.

He says it would be a dream to get to meet announcer Mike Shannon.

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