Saturday, August 14, 2010


Performers include U.S. Patriot Jets, Marine Corp Harriers and F/A-18 Hornets

The 2010 Oregon International Air Show, presented by Standard TV & Appliance, will touch down at the Hillsboro Airport Aug. 20-22 with a dazzling array of airborne performances, ground-level displays and entertainment options for guests of all ages.

Headlining this year’s show are the U.S. Patriots, a four-man civilian jet team flying aerobatic maneuvers at speeds exceeding 500 mph. Its pilots include two ex-Thunderbird pilots and two nationally know stunt pilots. This year also features the Marine Corp AV-8B Harrier Demonstration Team, one of the most highly pursued aerial demonstrations, appearing in only a handful of air shows each year. Another crowd favorite is the F/A-18 West Coast Hornet Demonstration Team,flying their fighter planes at the speed of sound.

The three-day event begins Friday, Aug. 20, with Community Kids Night, powered by Radio Disney. The evening features a nighttime pyrotechnic sky show, capped off with the biggest fireworks display in Oregon, presented by ATG and Homeland Fireworks. On the ground will be the U.S. Bank KidZone, filled with inflatable play structures stretching the size of a football field, the handson Lego Experience 2.0, and many other kid-friendly activities. Friday’s show runs 6:45-10 p.m., with gates opening at 6 p.m.

On Saturday and Sunday the gates open at 9 a.m. and the show runs from 10:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition to a full lineup of aerial performers, there will be ground displays of classic and modern aircraft, family-focused activities in the KOIN Local 6 Entertainment Center, and free samples from local grocers and brands at the Unified Grocers Food Pavilion.

“Whether you’re an aviation enthusiast or a family seeking a fun, safe and affordable event, the Oregon International Air Show has it all,” said Judy Willey, president of the Oregon International Air Show.

Seating options include general admission, reserved seating, box seating, President’s Club VIP seating and Ninkasi Craft Beer Garden VIP seating. On Friday, donate a school supply and two kids “fly free” with each paying adult. Additional children are just $5. Take advantage of the Wingman Buddy Pass and get an adult reserved ticket free when you buy an adult reserved seat for Comcast Sunday. Or go for the Weekend Adventure and purchase a reserved seat for Comcast Sunday and get a Friday night reserved ticket free. All ticket specials are advance purchase only and must be purchased before Aug. 15 at midnight. As always, all active, retired and honorably-discharged military personnel are admitted to the general admission section on Saturday and Sunday free with proper ID.

To purchase tickets online, or for more information on performers, displays, directions and parking,

The Oregon International Air Show is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Net proceeds from the event are returned to the community through donations to local charities and non-profits. Since its inception 23 years ago, the air show has donated more than $1.1 million to 450 organizations. The show also hosts 800 special needs children and adults each year, providing free reserved seats and lunch. The event is made possible by the efforts of more than 1,800 volunteers each year.

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