(Apple Valley) – It’s that time of year when the Apple Valley airport invites the community to come out and learn about the airport, airplanes and aviation. The best part is the exciting airshow featuring classic warbirds, aircraft aerobatics and military aircraft.
“We’ve got several aircraft from the Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino that will be flying. We have Rob Harrison who is an aerobatic pilot performing this year, and several radio controlled aircraft,” explained Airports Director Mike Williams.
The airshow will feature renowned Red Bull air race champion Mike Mangold in his L-29 Jet. Rob Harrison “The Tumbling Bear” will be performing aerobatics in his Zlin 50. Margie and Hartley Folstad with the Silver Wings Wingwalking demo team and their Stearman. Rich Piccirilli with Just In Time Skydiving, Patrick Dugan aerobatics in his Extra, remote control airplanes and Warbirds such as the Flying Wing, P-38 Lightning, B-25 Mitchell – all from the Planes of Fame Air Museum.
“New this year will be a C-17 fly-by from March Air Reserve Base in the afternoon,” said Williams. “We’re always on edge with the military because things could change with them very quickly. They are on the schedule, so we are keeping our fingers crossed.”
In addition to the excitement in the sky, fans will see many static displays, such as the largest biplane in the world, the big yellow AN2, and many experimental and vintage airplanes. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet the pilots, get autographs and get up-close to airplanes.
Community groups and volunteer organizations are a big part of the airshow. Attendees can browse booths offering information, souvenirs, food and beverages. The Apple Valley Airshow is a family event with something for everyone!
“Be prepared for the heat – it is on an airport with a lot of black top, so be sure to protect yourself with hats and sun screen, especially for kids, and stay hydrated” said Williams. “Visitors can bring lawn chairs and things like that to sit on, but no coolers can come into the facility.”
The airshow runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 (cash only). Children 12 and under are free. Parking is also free. Visit the department’s website at www.sbcountywings.com for more information.