Thursday, April 30, 2009

Branson Air Show News - B-2, Directions & More

B-2 Stealth Bomber Flyby Confirmed

Late last week, the USAF confirmed that the Branson Air Show is scheduled for a B-2 Stealth Bomber flyby during the show on Saturday, May 9th!  We welcome this unexpected and awesome addition to our lineup of performers!

Directions and Parking

Parking at the Branson Air Show is free and the following directions will guide you into the airport and designated parking areas.  Please pay close attention to signs and signalers as you enter the airport area, especially if you are arriving after the show starts.

Primary Directions
From Highway 65 South, take Hollister Interchange at Business 65. Turn left on Industrial Drive and right onto Birch Street. Follow Birch Street south for approximately 2 miles to Maple St. Turn right on Maple St. and turn first left onto Branson Creek Blvd. Travel 5 miles to Branson Airport. Follow flag people to appropriate parking areas.

Directions From the South
From Highway 65 North, turn right/east approximately 4 miles north of the Highway 86 intersection into the Communities at Branson Creek and follow Branson Creek Boulevard about 2.5 miles until it turns into Branson Airport Boulevard. Continue another 2 miles to Branson Airport.

General Admission Ticket Holders

Reminder that there is no fixed seating for general admission ticket holders so we encourage bringing lawn chairs and blankets for use in the general admission lawn areas. 

Celebrate Mother’s Day by Attending
the Branson Air Show

One more reason to attend the Branson Air Show this Mother’s Day weekend: Six lucky mothers will receive round-trip airfare for two! All moms who attend the show on Sunday, May 10th will be entered into the drawing. Bring the whole family and enjoy a day of fun-filled, action-packed aviation magic!

Tickets On Sale Now!

Now’s the time to get your tickets for the Branson Air Show!

Tickets are selling fast, so be sure to visit and get yours today! Group tickets are available. Please contact Bobbi Thompson at: for more information.


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Fares to Over 50 Destinations

Branson Airport features every day low fares to over 50 destinations.  Visit AirTran and Sun County to book your flight today!

Get Tickets at
Country Mart

In addition to the online ticketing system, you can also purchase tickets at the following Country Mart stores: 
• Forsyth
• Branson
• Branson West
• Harrison

Show Site Map

To download a map of the event site, which shows display areas, seating locations, facilities and more, click here.

Special Rates Available on Hotels

Get special rates on hotels in Branson, MO, exclusive to Branson Air Show ticket-holders! For more information, call 866-994-2831 or click here!

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DAV Brings Message to 2009 N’Awlins Air Show

New Orleans, Louisiana – The Disabled American Veterans will bring its message of service and volunteerism in support of our nation’s veterans to the 2009 N’Awlins Air Show on May 2-3, 2009.

The DAV, an organization of more than 1.2 million disabled veterans, is a non-profit organization founded in 1920 and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1932. It is dedicated to a single purpose: building better lives for our nation’s disabled veterans and their families.

As part of a national airshow tour, the DAV will bring its timely and patriotic message on the wings of Special Delivery, a fully restored B-25 Mitchell Bomber. Throughout the day, DAV representatives will be on hand and ready to meet, greet and answer questions about the organization’s free services to veterans and their families.

Alongside the B-25, airshow spectators will find a fully interactive display where they can learn more about DAV services and obtain information about veterans benefits. Information on the DAV’s extensive Voluntary Service Network will also be available to let those interested know how to get involved in providing assistance to disabled veterans.

“The DAV is thrilled to bring our message of volunteerism and support to our nation’s sick and disabled veterans to this air show. We believe the men, women and children who will visit this air show are the patriotic, military-friendly citizens that have helped make this nation so great,” said DAV National Commander Raymond E. Dempsey. “The DAV is proud to be among this crowd, and meet those who want to know more about our service to veterans.”

For more information on the Disabled American Veterans, visit their website at

Contact: Marvona Welsh, Lynn May
585-748-2428 585-309-9100

Military Firepower Added to 2009 Vectren Dayton Air Show Lineup

Dayton, Ohio – The United States Navy, Air Force and Army have confirmed three impressive additions to the 2009 Vectren Dayton Air Show Presented by Kroger, which will be held on July 18th and 19th.The 35th annual show held at the Dayton International Airport will now include a Navy F-18 SuperHornet Demonstration along with an Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II Demonstration. Also appearing at this year’s show is the Virtual Army Experience, an expansive and sophisticated interactive exhibit.

The Navy’s premier fighter, the F-18 Super Hornet, will roar over Dayton skies to the delight of Air Show spectators. A larger and more advanced version of the F-18 Hornet, the Super Hornet is acarrier-based strike fighter that is operationally active in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Entering servicewith the US Navy in 1999, the Super Hornet replaced the F-14 Tomcat in 2006 and continues to serve alongside the Hornet in the Navy’s fleet. Informally known as the “Rhino”, the F-18 Super Hornet inDayton will be flown by Lt. Bryan “Stag” Pinckney and Lt. James “Cheeze” Presler. The East CoastSuper Hornet Demonstration Team, of Strike Fighter Squadron 106, “The Gladiators” is based at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia.

It’s been more than eight years since the A-10 Thunderbolt II appeared in Dayton. The venerable Warthog, dubbed for its unglamorous appearance, came into the Air Force inventory in 1975 and noone guessed that it would still be a valuable asset in 2009. Specially designed for close air support, the Thunderbolt has excellent maneuverability at low air speeds and altitude as well as a highly accurate weapons-delivery system. With several upgrades through the years, it’s one tough fighter as the A-10can survive direct hits from armor-piercing and high explosive projectiles up to 23mm and fly when hydraulic power is lost. Known as the “tank buster”, the Thunderbolt has contributed in many operations including Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. The Air Combat Command East Coast A-10 Demonstration Team, from Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, will provide this year’sThunderbolt Demonstration. Leading this year’s team and flying the demo will be Capt. Johnnie “Dusty” Green, a Seattle, Washington native and an Air Force Academy graduate.

Want to test-drive life in the US Army? You can at the 2009 Vectren Dayton Air Show Presented byKroger in the Virtual Army Experience (VAE). The 19,500-square-foot VAE is complete with state-of-the-art Army training simulation technology to create a life-size, networked virtual world. Visitors to the VAE employ teamwork, rules of engagement, leadership and high-tech equipment as they take part in a virtual Army mission. First appearing in Dayton in 2007, the Virtual ArmyExperience became an instant hit among spectators and is one of the most sought after exhibits in theair show industry. With more than 70 flat screens, 5 miles of data cable and 75 computers with 260gigs of processing power, the VAE is one of the most technologically advanced portable displays in thecountry.

Previously announced the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will headline the 2009 Vectren Dayton Air Show and will be commanded by Lt. Col. Greg Thomas, a Cincinnati native and graduate of Anderson High School in Cincinnati and Wright State University in Dayton. The Thunderbirds will be joined by a special appearance of the Brazilian Air Force Smoke Squadron, the Esquadrilha da Fuma├ža, a seven-ship formation team. Also announced earlier this year were, Tora Tora Tora, an eight aircraft dramatic reenactment of the bombing of Pearl Harbor; Patty Wagstaff, three-time US National Aerobaticchampion and 2004 National Aviation Hall of Fame enshrinee; the US Army Golden Knights; a US AirForce C-17 Demonstration; and Sean D. Tucker, a world-famous aerobatic pilot and a 2008 National Aviation Hall of Fame enshrinee.

Air shows are among the most cost-efficient family entertainment alternatives available today. The Vectren Dayton Air Show Presented by Kroger is no exception with three great seating options for bargain-seeking families. First, spectators can receive $3 off the gate price simply by purchasing their tickets through Kroger beginning June 8th. Next, the Family 4 Pack offers tremendous value for thosewanting an all-inclusive package. The $64.95 Pack includes 4 admission tickets, 4 hot dogs, 4 Pepsis,parking and a souvenir program, a 40% savings off the full gate price. Finally, the ever-popularPavilion offers a reserved umbrella table seat with free parking for $37. These along with all seatingoptions are available on the show’s website,


Founded in 1975, the Vectren Dayton Air Show Presented by Kroger is one of America’s premier air shows. The AirShow showcases world-class aerobatic champions, military jet demonstrations and entertainment for the whole family celebrating Dayton’s aviation heritage as home of the Wright Brothers, National Museum of the US Air Force and Wright Patterson AFB. For more information visit

For more information contact: Michael Emoff, Chairman, United States Air & Trade Show Board of Trustees, 937-221-7820 Brenda Kerfoot, General Manager, Vectren Dayton Air Show, 937-898-5901 ext. 133

DAV brings message to Barksdale AFB Air Show on the Wings of a B-25

Barksdale AFB Shreveport, LA – The Disabled American Veterans will once again take to the skies to advance its message of service to disabled veterans. Now, in its seventh season, the DAV Airshow Outreach Program featuring the B-25 Mitchell Bomber of World War II notoriety appears nationwide at over 25 airshows and reaches over 2.7 million airshow spectators annually in an effort to promote the DAV’s mission of building better lives for America’s disabled veterans. The DAV is proud to announce The DAV Flight Team will be making an appearance at the upcoming Barksdale AFB Air Show on May 9-10, 2009.

The DAV Airshow Outreach Program was developed to increase public awareness of disabled veterans and to serve veterans in communities across the nation. Using B-25 medium bombers, the program reminds the public of the sacrifices veterans have made and continue to make to keep our nation free.

The B-25 Bomber enjoys the reputation of achieving the impossible during one of America’s darkest hours in World War II. The medium size bomber was made famous by the daring Doolittle Raid on Tokyo which helped rally America after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The B-25 went on to become the most versatile bomber of World War II, seeing combat in every theater of operation.

“When people both young and old, see the B-25, they are just in awe. While the plane is on display, they get to see the extreme conditions and how tight the quarters were for these boys who flew these into combat and became men. When they see it side by side with other aircraft, they are amazed that just 67 years ago, this was the pinnacle of aviation technology,” said DAV National Commander, Raymond E. Dempsey.

Plan now to attend the Barksdale AFB Air Show on May 9-10, 2009 to see the B-25 and the accompanying interactive display geared at providing airshow spectators an attractive, efficient experience where they can learn about the volunteer opportunities available.

For more information on the Disabled American Veterans, visit the DAV website at For more information contact: Marvona Welsh 585-748-2428

Airshow Traveler - April 29, 2009 Newsletter



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Airshow Traveler's Air Show Weekly

Volume 4, Issue 4 

April 30, 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

Moose Jaw Armed Forces Day

Lunken Airport Aviation Days

N'awlins Air Show

Central Texas Air Show

Robins AFB Air Show

Museum News

Looking Ahead


Moose Jaw Armed Forces Day, May 2


Location:  CFB Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada
Admission:  Free
Gates Open:  10AM


The Snowbirds are based at CFB Moose Jaw and every year they put on an acceptance show much like the Blue Angels do when they leave their winter home in El Centro, CA.  Though the performer list appears small, it is big in appeal with demos by the CF-18 Hornet (Canadian version of the F/A-18), CF-177 Globemaster III (Canadian version of the C-17), CT-156 Harvard II (Candian version of the Texan II), and an attack demo by the CT-155 Hawk.


If those acts aren't enough reason to go, consider the demo of the F-86 Golden Hawk.  Before the Snowbirds were formed, there was the aerial demonstration team known as the Golden Hawks that flew the F-86 Sabre.  The team debuted in 1959 as a six-ship team, but the following year they added another jet.  Due to budget constraints, the team was disbanded in early 1964 having performed for five years.  To commemorate 100 years of powered flight in Canada, an F-86 in Golden Hawk markings will tour Canada this season.  For more on this special Canadian heritage flight, check out the website here.







CF-177 Globemaster III Demo

CF-18 Hornet Demo

F-86 Golden Hawk Demo

CT-155 Hawk Attack Demo

CT-156 Harvard II Demo


Lunken Airport Aviation Days, May 2-3


Location:  Lunken Airport, 262 Wilmer Ave, Cincinnati, OH
Admission:  Free
Gates Open:  10AM

The following is a press release and schedule of events for Lunken Aviation Days to be held this coming weekend.  This information was passed on to me by Jennifer Hoyt who has been very good to us, so come out and enjoy a family day in Cincinnati and learn more about aviation.  Hey, it's free.


CINCINNATI, OH (April 29, 2009) - "Come and see what we do and why we love it!"  Lunken airport is home to an amazing array of corporate and private aircraft.  Based here too are historic Warbirds, technologically advanced personal, pleasure aircraft, homebuilt planes, experimental planes and trainers.  A vast variety of aircraft will be on display on the main ramp behind the terminal, on Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3
The ramp will be open both days to the public for displays, talking to pilots, air traffic controllers, and Warbird enthusiasts.  We will host representatives from area flying and aircraft maintenance schools, community colleges and universities.  There will be displays of interest for students who want to pursue an aviation career and aviation books and book signings by the honorees of "The Black and White Airmen - Their True Story," and Sarah Richman ....all FREE!
Back by popular demand ... The Midwest Formation Fly IN will take place the same day!  You will have a chance to see some of the best formation flying as they attend this 'all weekend' conference here at Lunken.
Many thanks to our sponsors - The John Morrell Company - FREE Hot dogs and Krogers - will serve FREE soda's and water.  They donated the buns too!
Enjoy a day at the airport, see all of the airplanes, talk to the pilots and enjoy a FREE Hot dog and a drink.  FREE parking across from the terminal building 262 Wilmer Avenue or along Airport Rd.


Here is the schedule of events:


Free Hot Dogs- First 1500 served each day...11:30  a.m.
Free Drinks- First 1500 served each day...11:30 a.m.
Airplane and Helicopter rides - tickets sold on site: $40 each
New Horizon's Dixieland Band - Daily @ 1:00 in the terminal
Kid Station - 10:00- 4:00 daily, includes scavenger hunt, Head-set try on station, "little pilot briefing" on airport layout and "pilot alphabet"
Aviation Authors - daily in terminal all day, books available in Flight Depot including Mary Cay Carson and Sarah Richman
Jonathan Heart - Aviation "Edutainment" terminal - 11:00 daily
Flight Simulator - all day each day ( small fee )


Fire Trucks Cincinnati Crash Fire Rescue team - all day each day
Exhibitors Include (to date):  Cincinnati State, Embry Riddle University , Tuskegee Airman, 'The Black and White Airmen:' Herb Heilbrun and John Leahr, EAA Chapter 174, Air Force Recruiter,
Cricket Cell phones, Lunken Flight Training
Midwest Formation Fly In - tours of the Warbird aircraft as their schedule permits - come to the flag line to schedule a tour.  See the formation aircraft taking off all day

Sponsored by - Ohio Aviation Technicians Society ( OATS )
                       EAA Chapter 18 - Cincinnati Warbirds
                       Krogers and John Morrell Meats


N'awlins Air Show, May 2-3


Location:  NAS JRB New Orleans, LA

Admission:  Free

Gates Open:  9AM


Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base (NAS JRB) New Orleans is a multi-services base with Naval, Marine, Coast Guard and Air Force aircraft stationed here.  The Air Force tenant is the 159th Fighter Wing flying the F-15C/D and the C-130E Hercules.  On the Marine side of the base is VFA-204 flying the ancient F/A-18A Hornet.  Among the Navy tenants is Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 54 (VR-54) flying the C-130T Hercules.  One of the best ways to spot a C-130T is the presence of underwing external fuel tanks.


Besides the headliner Blue Angels, the show is mostly aerobatic in nature with the only warbird, a P-51 Mustang, scheduled to appear in the USAF Heritage Flight.  Of course, a lack of warbirds is more than made up for with a F-22 Raptor demo.  Photographic opportunities are nearly ideal at the base with only sidelit conditions until around 10AM with frontlit the rest of the day.


Bill Braack races the AFRC jet dragster against Bill Reeseman's Red bull at Nellis AFB and takes a breather while being towed back.  Both photos by Mike Leister, director of the AMC Museum, Dover AFB, DE.

Jet Dragster

   Jet Dragster


Performers & Static


Blue Angels

C-12 Huron

Golden Knights

E-2 Hawkeye

F-22 Raptor Demo

E-6 Mercury

Chuck Aaron and the Red Bull Helicopter

F/A-18 Hornet

Matt Chapman and his CAP 580

H-60 Seahawk

Julie Clark and her Mentor

T-34 Mentor

Jan Collmer and his Extra 300

T-44 Pegasus

Greg Poe and his Fagen Edge

A-10 Thunderbolt II

Air Force Reserve Jet Dragster

F-16 Fighting Falcon

Army Virtual Experience

F-15 Eagle

USAF Heritage Flight: P-51, F-16, F-22

KC-135 Stratotanker


T-38 Talon


T-6 Texan II


WC-130 Hercules


UH-72 Lakota


AG-1 Cobra


UH-1 Twin Huey


UC-35 Citation


HH-65 Dolphin


B-25 Mitchell


T-28 Trojan


L-39 Albatross


C-172 Skylane


L-17B Navion



Central Texas Air Show, May 2-3


Location:  Draughon-Miller Central Texas Airport, Temple, TX

Admission, Adults:  $12 in advance, $15 at gate
Admission, Children 7-12:  $4 in advance, $5 at gate

Admission, Children 6 and under:  Free

Admission, Weekend Pass:  $22 in advance, $25 at gate
Gates Open:  10AM


With this airport located relatively close, at least by air, to the Cavanaugh Flight Museum, this show will be inundated with their warbirds like the OV-10 Bronco.  But there are more warbirds on tap as well and some quality aerobatic performances like the Aeroshell team.  There's also an A-10 Thunderbolt II demo, AKA 'Warthog', and a Saturday flyby only of a B-2 Spirit bomber.


One of our favorite warbirds will perform at the show, namely the P-51D Mustang 'Gunfighter' (44-73264, N5428V), which is owned by General Reg Urschler and flown by Larry Lumpkin.


P-51D Gunfighter



Aeroshell Aerobatic Team

A-10 Thunderbolt Demo

P-51D Mustang 'Gunfighter'

USAF Heritage Flight: A-10, P-47

Matt Younkin and his Twin Beech

Paul Fiala and his Great Lakes Trainer

Blastards Pyrotechics

Rick Sharpe and his Skyraider

Falcon Flight

B-2 Flyover (Sat only)

Mike Gallaway and his Pitts

C-47 Skytrain

Greg Poe and his MX-2

OV-1 Bronco

O-2 Skymaster

L-19 Grasshopper

UH-1 Iroquois 'Huey'

T-6 Texan

T-28 Trojan

B-2 Flyover (Sat only)


Robins AFB, May 2-3


Location:  Robins AFB, Warner Robins, GA

Admission:  Free

Gates Open:  9AM

Robins AFB is home to the 116th Air Control Wing (ACW) flying the E-8C Joint STARS (Surveillance Target Attack Radar System) or JSTARS for short.  The base is also home to the 78th Air Base Wing which supports the Warner Robins Logistics Center, one of three Air Force logistics centers in the US.  Robins is named for the father of Air Force logistics, General Augustine Warner Robins.  Logistics in Air Force terms means the management of materiels like aircraft, missiles, engines, avionics, software, etc.


This is a great show with the headliner Thunderbirds and the Golden Knights performing.  And if you are a warbird nut like we are, you will be thrilled by the Commemorative Air Force's Battle of Midway extravaganza.  We've seen this event before and it's awesome.  For more thrills there's the four-ship Cobra team, the Sky Soldiers, and our friends from Republic Airport, the Geico Skytypers.  And the biggest reason to go - yes, F-4s forever.  A Phantom II will be flying in the USAF Heritage Flight.  Like I say, this is a great lineup of air show all-stars.  Ah, if only I could afford the plane ticket...and the hotel...and the rental car :)


And as long as you're visiting the show, check out the Museum of Aviation.  See Museum News below for special events at the museum.


Similar to the New Orleans show, photographic opportunities are nearly ideal at the base with only sidelit conditions until around 10AM with frontlit the rest of the day.

Only eighteen E-8C JSTARS aircraft were built and they all reside at Robins.  This photo of an E-8C (97-0010) was taken by Horace Sagnor at Nellis AFB.  You can see the orange pylons surrounding the plane.  What you can't see are the armed guards on the perimeter with watchful eyes.






USAF Thunderbirds

HH-65 Dolphin

US Army Golden Knights

P-3 Orion

Sky Soldiers Cobra Demo Team

C-23 Sherpa

Ed Hamill and his Pitts

U-2 Dragon Lady

F/A-18 Hornet Demo

RQ-4 Global Hawk

CAF Battle of Midway

KC-135 Stratotanker

Geico Skytypers

KC-10 Extender

C-130 Hercules Demo

A-10 Thunderbolt

USAF Heritage Flight: F-15E, F-4

C-5 Galaxy


B-52 Stratofortress


C-21 Learjet


T-33 Shooting Star


T-6 Texan II


F-16 Fighting Falcon


T-1 Jayhawk


T-37 Tweet


T-38 Talon


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.


May 2: Astronomy Day

This Saturday will be Astronomy Day at the museum.  The event will take place on the outdoor amphitheater at the Museum from 9AM to 5PM.  Attendees will have a chance to look through a telescope and experience first hand what has so many amateur and professional astronomers excited.  This year is the 400th anniversary of Galieo's first discoveries through a telescope.

May 3: Thunderbird F-16 to go on Display

Beginning on May 3rd, visitors to the museum will be able to see an F-16 Fighting Falcon restored to its original Thunderbird markings.  The aircraft served with the team in the early 1980s and was moved to the museum from Robins AFB.  Kudos to the Carl Vinson chapter 296 of the Air Force Association for their contribution of $17,000 to make this all possible.  The new display grand opening coincides with the air show at Robins AFB this weekend.  This is only the second original Thunderbird F-16 to go on display with the other housed at the National Museum of the USAF.




Looking Ahead


Next Week:

May 9-10:  Barksdale AFB, LA
May 9-10:  Branson, MO
Blue Angels:

May 2-3:  NAS New Orleans, LA
May 9-10:  Barksdale AFB, LA

May 16-17:  MCAS Beaufort, SC

May 23-24:  NAS Patuxent River, MD



May 2-3:  Robins AFB, GA
May 9-10:  Branson, MO

May 15-17:  Andrews AFB, MD

May 23-24:  Jones Beach, NY



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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