Thursday, July 9, 2009

Airshow Traveler's July 8, 2009 Newsletter

Airshow Traveler's Air Show Weekly

Volume 7, Issue 2 

July 8, 2009


 O'Neil Real Estate 


Indy Transponder




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

Geneseo Air Show

Prairie Air Show

Pensacola Beach Air Show

And More Shows

Museum News

Special Events

Looking Ahead


Geneseo Air Show, Jul 10-12


Location:  Geneseo, NY

Admission, Adults:  $15

Children Ages 6-12:  $5

Gates Open:  6AM


If you have not been to the 1941 Historical Aircraft Group's air show at Geneseo, you've missed out.  It's a great show and is billed as the greatest show on turf for a reason.  The air strip is not paved.  It's simple a grass strip like so many air strips in WWII.


The show is a throwback to air shows prior to 9/11.  You can actually bring a cooler.  And the theme of the show changes each year, so the show stays fresh.  This year's theme is Naval aviation.  And look at the lineup - Corsair, Hellcat, Wildcat, Avenger, and the world's only flying Helldiver.


Three Corsairs are expected to fly at the show. From top to bottom.

- American Airpower's FG-1D SkyBoss (67089, NX83JC)

- Tom Duffy's FG-1D Marine's Dream (92471 marked as 92433, NX773RD)

- Collings Foundation F4U-5NL (124692, NX45NL)

Sky Boss

Marines Dream


Collings Corsair


B-17 "Memphis Belle" (Movie version)

Great War Flying Museum WWI group

Canadian Harvards Association

Manfred Radius Sailplane

Rob Holland Ultimate Acrobatic act

Pitts Special Acrobatic Team - Andrew Boyd

Bucker Jungmeister - Jerry Wells

B-25 Miss Hap - American Airpower

P-51 (two) Chris Baranaskas, Murphy

PT-22 - Taylor Smith

Tiger Moth - D. Falakis

Yak 52 - Steve Gierer

Super Acro - Dan Marcotte

FW-149 - Oliver Lacombe

L- 2 - Paul Quinn

Luscombe 8 - Brian Donovan

L-16 - Rich Wallin

PT-17 - Chris Polhemus

BT-13 - Bryan Jorgensen

Canadian PBY Canso

F4F Wildcat

SB2C-5 Helldiver - West Texas CAF

Japanese VAL - Ken Laird

F4U Corsair (three) Collings Foundation, American Airpower, Tom Duffy

TBM Avenger (two) Great Lakes CAF, American Airpower

F6F Hellcat - So Cal CAF

Sea Fury - Sandy Thomson

F-15E Strike Eagle Demo

USAF Heritage Flight:  P-51, F-15E

C-130 Hercules Demo

CH-47 Chinook Demo

Four Ship F-16 Flyover (Fri only)


Prairie Air Show, July 11-12


Location:  Peoria International Airport, IL

Admission, Adults:  $12 in advance

Admission Ages 7-12:  $7 in advance

Admission, Under age 7:  Free 

Parking Fee:  $2 per vehicle 

Gates Open:  8AM


This show has a great lineup with the Thunderbirds headlining and a reasonable entrance fee.  The performances are mostly military and aerobatic with the only true warbirds being a pair of Texans.  We would love to see a Mustang or Corsair perform.  The show does have a fantastic static display featuring many warbirds and military aircraft.


Thunderbird Solo





Fouga 434F

Mike Wiskus and his Pitts

T-6A Texan

Clyde Zellers and his SNJ-5

TBM Avenger

CC Gerner and her Extra 300L

PT-17 Stearman

Matt Younkin and his Twin Beach 18

P-51D Mustang

Kyle Franklin and his Waco

OV-1B Mohawk

Black Daggers Parachute Team

L-29 Delfin

John Klatt and his Staudacher S-300D

C-47 Skytrain

USAF Reserve Jet Dragster

B-25 Mitchell 'Martha-Jean'

John Mohr and his Stearman

A-1E Skyraider

Dan Buchanan and his Hang Glider

Stinson L-5

Bill Leff and his Texan

PV-2 Harpoon

Greg Poe and his MX-2

T-33 Shooting Star

AV-8B Harrier Demo

T-37 Tweet

F/A-18 Hornet Demo

T-38 Talon

C-130 Hercules Demo

F-15 Eagle


F/A-18 Hornet/Super Hornet


T-6A Texan II


KC-135 Stratotanker


KC-10 Extender


EA-6B Prowler


HH-65C Dolphin


UH-60 Blackhawk


CH-53 Sea Stallion


A-10 Thunderbolt II


T-2 Buckeye


C-130 Hercules


C-17 Globemaster III


EA-2C Hawkeye


C-5 Galaxy


T-34 Mentor


F-22 Raptor


C-12 Huron


CH-47 Chinook


C-2 Greyhound


AV-8B Harrier


AH-64 Apache


F-16 Fighting Falcon


T-1A Jayhawk


Pensacola Beach Air Show, Jul 10-11


Location:  Pensacola Beach, FL

Admission to Air Show:  Free


The Pensacola Beach show is a beach blast type of air show with many events taking place on and around the beach so we suggest you check the link above for all the events.  Please take note that this is a Friday and Saturday show.


Blue Angels Diamond 


Blue Angels

Julian McQueen

Aeroshell Aerobatic Team

Skip Stewart and his Pitts

US Coast Guard Rescue Demo

Gary Ward and his Extra 300




And More This Weekend.....

Fly Iowa Air Show, Independence, IA, July 11-12 



Museum News


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



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.



B-36 Now on Display

The Convair B-36J Peacemaker dubbed 'The City of Fort Worth' (52-2827) is now on display.  When we last visited Pima County in 2006, this aircraft was in pieces.  It's nice to see it up on wheels and restored.  The aircraft is the last B-36 produced at Convair's Fort Worth facility and the last operational B-36 for the Air Force.  It retired from the 95th Bomb Wing at Biggs AFB, TX, on February 12, 1959.


The photo is courtesy of Andrew Boehly for the Pima Air & Space Museum.  We also thank Elaine Nathanson for keeping us up to date on this event.




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.



Looking Ahead


Next Week:

Jul 18-19:  Dayton Air Show, OH

Jul 18-19:  Thunder Over Michigan, MI

Jul 18-19:  Peace River Air Show, AB, Canada

Jul 18:  Northern Neighbor Day, Minot AFB, ND

Blue Angels:

Jul 10-11:  Pensacola Beach, FL

Jul 18-19:  Ypsilanti, MI

Jul 25-26:  Sioux Falls, SD

Aug 1-2:  Seattle Sea Fair, WA



Jul 11-12:  Peoria, IL

Jul 18-19:  Dayton, OH

Jul 22:  Cheyenne, WY

Jul 25-26:  Milwaukee, WI



Jul 18:  Peace River, AB, Canada

Jul 19:  Fort St. John, BC, Canada

Jul 22:  Airdrie, AB, Canada

Jul 25:  Lethbridge, AB, Canada

Jul 29:  Prince George, BC, Canada



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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