Springville native Phil Henderson has logged a number of flight hours in his 35 year career as a pilot. Many of those came as a pilot for Southwest Airlines. However, Henderson has a great number of hours flying in airshows and competitions.
Henderson, his world famous Texas T-Cart, and many other aerobatic talents will be on display Saturday during the Springville Airshow. He recently stopped by the radio station to tell listeners what to expect from the show.
Henderson is also a cancer survivor and says that he uses his show to inspire people and to be an example of how the disease can be defeated.
“…we’re doing an inspirational performance now, because everybody in that airshow audience either have a friend that’s dealing with it (cancer) or they’re dealing with it. It’s affecting everybody,” says Henderson.
Phil also says that most people don’t think of pilots as athletes, but he states that he works out just like a football player would to keep his body in shape for his performances and he says that’s another area of inspiration when it comes to cancer recovery.
“It can be done. If you’re dealing with cancer…. you can overcome it. I’ve gone from almost dying to the top of the athletic game.”
The airshow is set to begin at 11:00 am Saturday, May 30 at the Springville Airport.
For more information, visit the Springville Airshow on Facebook.