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.
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)
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
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
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.
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.
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 www.museumofaviation.org or by calling the Museum of Aviation Foundation at (478) 923-6600.
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.
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.
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
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 for reading the latest issue of our newsletter.
God Bless Us Everyone,
Wayne Matusiak, Publisher Airshow Traveler Magazine
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