Thursday, April 2, 2009

Air Shows Provide High Quality, Economical Entertainment

Santa Rosa, Calif., March 30, 2009 – North American air shows showcase millions of dollars of exotic, high performance aircraft flown by the most highly trained professional pilots in the world, yet these local community events are among the most economical family entertainment alternatives available today.

As the air show industry begins its 2009 season, it appears that air shows will attract record numbers of spectators to many of the 400+ air shows scheduled in North America between now and mid-November. The reasons for attracting large crowds include the relatively inexpensive ticket prices, highly entertaining performances and access to rare warbirds and high performance military aircraft. It is also worth noting that many air shows, such as our Wings Over Wine Country air show, are local community events that bring together many people and organizations every year.

“Air shows are always popular with the public, but never more so than during difficult economic times,” says John Cudahy, president of the International Council of Air Shows, an air show industry trade group. “Attendance spiked during the recessions of 1980-82 and 1990-91 and we expect a similar phenomenon during the 2009 season.”

The Wings Over Wine Country 2009 Air Show, scheduled for August 15-16, is expected to benefit from this trend. With adult ticket prices as low as adults $18 (advance only, $20 regular price), seniors 65+ $10, children 6-12 $5 and children under 6 FREE; this year’s air show will be particularly appealing to families interested in a world-class, once a year entertainment event that is about the same cost as going to the movies.

Gates open both days at 9:00 a.m. for pre-show activities, including radio controlled model aircraft demonstrations. The main Air Show events kick off at 11:00 a.m. Discount advance tickets can be purchased at the Museum and Sonoma County Round Table Pizza locations. Tickets may be purchased online for your convenience at Convenience charges may apply.

Pacific Coast Air Museum (PCAM) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the acquisition, restoration, safe operation and display of historical aircraft, and to providing an educational venue for students and the community. We also intend to honor those heroic aviators who have contributed so much to the growth and defense of our way of life.

Located in Santa Rosa, Calif., PCAM operates both an indoor museum with exhibits featuring famous military and civilian pilots and aviation innovators, as well as historical photos and artifacts; and an outside museum featuring more than two dozen excellent examples of both contemporary and antique aircraft. Website:

For more information contact the Pacific Coast Air Museum’s Air Show Hotline at (707) 566-8380. Website:

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