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Airshow Traveler's Air Show Weekly

Volume 5, Issue 3 

May 20, 2009


Welcome to Airshow Traveler Magazine's Newsletter, Air Show Weekly, where we take a look at upcoming airshows and showcase current aviation topics.

 All air show information listed is accurate as we know it.  Still, it is best to check with the individual air show to see if there are any changes.  Even then, scheduled aircraft may not appear due to bad weather en route, or because of mechanical breakdown.


In This Issue

Salute to Veterans Air Show

NAS Patuxent River Air Show

Watsonville Air Show

New York Air Show

Museum News

Special Events

Looking Ahead


Salute to Veterans Air Show, May 23-24


Location:  Columbia Regional Airport, MO

Admission:  Free, Shuttle to Airport is $3

Gates Open:  9:30AM, buses start loading at 9AM


If I lived near Columbia, Missouri, I would be at this show this Memorial Day weekend.  Just look at the warbird list including some WWI era aircraft both in the air and on the ground.  Most of the WWII aircraft are from the Cavanaugh Museum in Addison, TX.  Of special interest is the P-38 Lightning '23 Skidoo' from the Planes of Fame Museum.  There are only six P-38s flying in the world, so this is a rare treat to see it especially when it is teamed up with the A-10 Thunderbolt in the USAF Heritage Flight.

Don't worry you jet fuel fans, there is the A-10 Thunderbolt demo, as well as two Hornet demos - one from the US Navy and one from Canada.  Also from Canada is the Skyhawks parachute team who put on a heck of a show.  Throw in some team aerobatics with Team Aeroshell, and this is a well rounded air show complete with some WWI era replicas on display.


Cavanaugh's P-40N Warhawk (44-7369, NL40PN) is scheduled to perform at the show.  This photo was taken at the 2007 Corpus Christi air show.

P-40 Warhawk





Kansas City WWI Dawn Patrol

C-45 Expeditor 'Arctic Annie'

P-40 Warhawk

Bleriot Replica

TBM Avenger

F/A-18 Hornet

P-51D Mustang

F-15 Eagle

A5D Skyraider

Fokker E.III Replica

Canadian Skyhawks Parachute Team

Fokker E.IV Replica

Aeroshell Aerobatic Team

C-130 Hercules

A-10 Thunderbolt II Demo

P-3 Orion

USAF Heritage Flight: A-10, P-38

Morane-Saulnier "L" Parasol Fighter (Replica)

CF-18 Hornet Demo

Nieuport 11 Replica

F/A-18 Hornet Demo

Schukert D-1

T-6 Texan Demo

Spad 13 Replica


PT-17 Stearman


Voison-3 Replica


Vultee BT-13 Valiant


NAS Patuxent River Air Show, May 23-24


Location:  NAS Patuxent River, Lexington Park, MD

Admission:  Free

Gates Open:  9AM


It's been many years since Pax River, as it's commonly called, has had an air show.  They've come back with a vengeance by booking the Blue Angels and the Golden Knights.  And on the aerobatic side is Patty Wagstaff and Tim Weber both flying Extra 300s.


If that's not enough, there's the Indy Boys with their jet powered school bus and jet powered outhouse.  Yes, outhouse.  Hope there's no one in it.  I remember the time when Mom was inside.... never mind.


The only warbird that's scheduled to perform is the B-25 Mitchell 'Panchito'.  This is disappointing.  No warbird fighters; no Heritage Flight; no Legacy Flight.  Guess Pax River is a little rusty at this.  Still, there is no such thing as a bad air show.  And while you're in the area, check out their museum which is just outside the main gate.  Well worth the side trip.  Lots of interesting aircraft and aviation artifacts.

This photo of the Blue Angel solo pilot was taken by Horace Sagnor at the 2006 Atlantic City air show.


Blue Angels Solo





Blue Angels

A-4 Skyhawk

Patty Wagstaff and her Extra 300

AH-1W Super Cobra

US Army Golden Knights

B-1 Lancer

Red Eagle Air Sports

B-52 Stratofortress

F-16 Fighting Falcon Demo

CH-53D Sea Stallion

Jet Powered School Bus

CH-53E Super Stallion

Tim Weber and his Extra 300

F-21C2 Kfir

B-25 Mitchell 'Panchito'

F/A-18A/B Hornet


F/A-18E/F Super Hornet

Otto the Helicopter

H-57 Sea Ranger

Virtual Army Experience

Learjet Model 36

Jet Powered Outhouse

MH-60S Knighthawk


MH-60R Seahawk


MV-22 Osprey


Navy Global Hawk Maritime Demonstrator


Ryan PT-22 Recruit


SAR SH-3 Sea King


SAR SH-60F Seahawk


Stinson L-5 Sentinel


Scottish Aviation Bulldog T.1


Stearman N75NM


T-6 Texan


T-38 Talon


UH-60 Black Hawk


Vultee BT-13 Valiant



Watsonville Air Show, May 23-24


Location:  Watsonville Municipal Airport, CA

Admission:  $15

Admission Children Ages 6-12:  $10

Admission Children Ages 5 and Under:  Free
Gates Open:  8AM


Except for the Super Hornet and Harrier demos, this is mostly an aerobatic show.  But, hey, there is nothing wrong with that.  On the ground expect to see some warbirds from the Planes of Fame Museum in Chino, CA.


A Super Hornet from NAS Lemoore is slated to thrill the crowd.  If you're lucky, you may see the F/A-18F create its own vapor barrier like this one did (166659) at the 2006 Dover AFB air show.


Super Hornet 



Vicky Benzing and her Extra 300

C-17A Cargomaster III

Bill Stein and his Edge 540

F/A-18F Super Hornet

F/A-18F Super Hornet Demo

AV-8B Harrier

John Collver and his Texan

P-51D Mustang

Skydivers Garth Harley and Wayne Wright

Mitsubishi A6M Zero

Eddie Andreini and his Stearman

P-40 Warhawk

Tim Decker and his Pitts

C-46 Commando 'China Doll'

AV-8B Harrier Demo

Hawker Sea Fury

Jessy Panzer and her Pitts

Vultee BT-13


AT-6 Texan




F6F Hellcat


NY Air Show at Jones Beach, May 23-24


Location:  Jones Beach, Long Island, NY

Admission by Carload:  $8 per vehicle
Gates Open:  8AM


Jones Beach is a New York State seaside park situated on its own island.  The entrance fee to the park is $8 per vehicle.  Once on the island, you park your car at one of the many parking lots and walk out to the boardwalk.  Beyond the boardwalk lies the beach, where believe it or not, many people don't even know there is an air show occuring on Memorial Day weekend.  At least on Saturday and Sunday.  There is no show on Monday.  Many people are there to enjoy fun in the sun on the sandy beach.


This is always a great show, but this year is extra special with two jet teams performing - the Thunderbirds and the Snowbirds.  Jets won't be the only performers though, as there are plenty of warbirds and aerobatics on tap.  There's also an air-sea rescue put on by the NY Air National Guard.


Though the air show is at the beach, if you want to see the aircraft take off and land, you have to go to Republic Airport at Farmingdale where the American Airpower Museum is located.  An admission fee is charged if you want to enter the museum grounds, but it's a great place to get closer to the performing aircraft.  For more info on AAP, click on the sidebar link in the sponsors section of our newletter.


Sean Tucker and his Pitts (1114C, N260SP) is invited back once again to perform his aerobatic routine.  This photo was taken at the 2006 Pittsburgh air show.


Sean Tucker 


USAF Thunderbirds

US Army Golden Knights

A-10 Thunderbolt II Demo


F/A-18F Super Hornet Demo

NY ANG Search and Rescue Demo

Sean Tucker and his Pitts

Ed Hamill and his Pitts

Matt Chapman and his Cap 580

Bill Reeseman and the Red Bull Mig-17

Geico Skytypers

Warbirds Over Long Island

American Airpower Warbirds

Dave Windmiller and his Edge 540

Chuck Aaron and the Red Bull Helicopter


Museum News


Note:  Clicking on the Museum Name will take you to their website.



March 31-May 6:  Berlin Airlift Exhibit

The museum will host a traveling exhibit honoring the 60th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift.  When a blockade of Berlin was imposed by the Soviet Union from June 1948 to May 1949, the US and Great Britain began an airdrop of much needed food and supplies to the city's residents.  US aircraft included the C-47 and C-54.  The two countries managed to fly 278,228 missions delivering 326,406 tons of food and supplies.  Though the blockade ended in May, flights continued through September 1949.


June 14:  Flag Day Car, Truck, and Motorcycle Cruise-In

This free admission event will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. All types of vehicles are invited to cruise in for no charge and awards will be presented for "Best Patriotic Vehicle Display." A professional photographer will be available to take vehicle photos in front of the B-1B for $20.


The museum will open up the interior of its C-141 cargo plane which was the last C-141 to go through Programmed Depot Maintenance at Robins AFB in 2003.  The C-141 Starlifter served as the backbone of the nation's airlift force for nearly 40 years and could carry 200 troops, 155 fully-equipped paratroops, 103 litters or 68,725 pounds of cargo.  The bomb bay of the giant B-1B Bomber in front of the Museum will also be open for inspection.

The Ocmulgee Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution and their color guard in Revolutionary War uniforms will conduct a flag ceremony at 2:00 p.m. in Hangar One.


The Museum's Mission Quest Flight Simulators will be open for inspection and people can take the controls for 15 minutes for $10.  Food will be available in the Victory CafĂ© and snacks will be sold in the outdoor Freedom Park picnic area.

July 18:  Auction, Raffle, and Taste of Local Cuisine
The evening opens at 6:30 p.m. with hundreds of items in a silent auction and a one-hour open bar.  The live auction begins at 8:00 p.m. and a Taste of Local Cuisine starts at 7:00 p.m. featuring signature food items from 30 local area restaurants and caterers.


Raffle tickets are $75 which includes Auction admission for 2 people and a chance to win a new car or truck or $20,000.  Second Place is a $2000 cash prize and the Third Place winner receives $500.  Several $100 cash prize drawings will also be held throughout the evening.


We are going to have some great items this year," said Auction Chairman Steven Davison.  "We'll have things like vacation trips, furniture, sports equipment, lawn and garden items, artwork, appliances, house wares and fur coats. The Auction is one of the major events each year which helps the Museum sustain its outstanding exhibits and education programs."


A large volunteer Auction committee includes Raffle Ticket Chairmen Rick Drury and Co-Chairpersons retired Colonel Brian Grady, Shirley O'Neill, Linda Shingler and Tim Dupree. Auction tickets are available for purchase on the Museum web site at or by calling the Museum of Aviation Foundation at (478) 923-6600.


June 7: Fly-In Pancake Breakfast

Wow, pancakes, eggs, ham, sausage, juice other beverages for $6 adults and $3 for kids 6-10.  If only I were closer to Geneseo.  Hey it's a six-hour drive.  Any way, it's June 7 from 7-11AM.  For more information click on the link above, or by phone at (585) 243-2100, or send them an email at


Special Events


The National Museum of the United States Air Force has announced their dates for their annual Dawn Patrol Rendezvous.  What started out to be a bi-annual one day affair has turned into a three day annual event.  This year's dates are September 25-27.  As Event Coordinator David C. Thomas puts it, "...we honor the memory of our WWI troops with the same spirit and patriotism that these early aviators displayed in defense of our countries."  For more information click on the link above.


Osprey Publishing to Host D-Day Veteran Ed Shames

Osprey has published a new book titled, Tonight We Die As Men.  It's a story of one of the forgotten battalions on D-Day, the 3rd Batallion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment (3/506 PIR).  To promote their new book, they will have a booth at WWII Weekend in Reading, PA, June 5-7, with Ed Shames in attendance.  Shames was a staff sergeant for the 3/506 during D-DAY and then received a commission to 2nd Lieutenant.  Mr. Shames is a veteran of the 3/506 and wrote the forward to the book.


Navy Theme at Geneseo This Year

A Navy theme this year at the 1941 Historical Aircraft Group museum is keeping with this museum's efforts to refresh itself every year.  The museum is located in Geneseo, NY, and is better known as simply the Geneseo show.  Or as they tout it, the Greatest Show on Turf.  Not only are they expected to have four Corsairs, two Avengrs, one Hellcat and one Wildcat at its July 11-12 show, but they have also booked the world's only flying Helldiver.  If that doesn't tickle your warbird fancy, there is something wrong with you.  For more information, click here.


Looking Ahead


Next Week:

May 30-31:  Rochester Intl Air Show, NY
May 30-31:  Legends over Madera, CA

May 30-31:  Thunder on the Rio Grande, Las Cruces, NM

May 30-31:  Dakota Thunder - Ellsworth AFB Air Show, SD

May 30-31:  Janesville Air Show, WI
Blue Angels:

May 23-24:  NAS Patuxent River, MD

May 30-31:  Janesville, WI

Jun 6-7:  Indianapolis Air Show, IN

Jun 13-14:  Denver, CO



May 23-24:  Jones Beach, NY

May 30-31:  Ellsworth AFB, SD

Jun 6-7:  Hill AFB Air Show, UT

Jun 13-14:  Ocean City, MD



May 23-24:  Jones Beach, NY

May 27:  Kingston, ON, Canada

May 30-31:  Rochester, NY

Jun 6-7:  Portage, ON, Canada

Jun 13-14:  CFB Bagotville, PQ



Thank You


Thank you for reading the latest issue of our newsletter.


God Bless Us Everyone,


Wayne Matusiak, Publisher
Airshow Traveler Magazine

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