Friday, June 22, 2012

Truckee AirFair and Family Festival



Saturday, July 7 marks the return of a fun flying event at the Truckee Airport. The last time there was an airplane event was 1996, and they called it an air show. This new event will feature airplane displays and fly-bys, but no stunt flying. This event is called an "AirFair".

The gates open at 7am (no charge for parking or entry) and close at 4pm. There will be fly-bys from a pair of T-38 Talons, a Chinock helicopter, war birds, a C-130 and various airplanes from local aviators throughout the day.

Static airplane exhibits include some of the Commemorative Air Force war birds. They will also be selling rides in their B-25, Old Glory and their P-51, Man O’ War.
The Grand Marshals of the AirFair will be two of the original Tuskegee Airmen, Captain Les Williams and Lieutenant Le Roy Gillead. The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African-American military aviators in the United States armed forces. Prior to 1940, African-Americans were barred from flying for the United States military. In 1941 a pursuit squadron of African-Americans was formed in Tuskegee, Alabama. They became known as the Tuskegee Airmen.

Don’t miss the 11:00am opening ceremony with the Red Star Formation Smoke Team and the Just in Time Sky Divers.

The Truckee Tahoe Airport District, along with several Truckee non-profits is making the event possible. Unlike typical air shows, this event caters heavily to kids and their families. The AirFair will have a KidZone Museum, and offer airplane rides to kids under 18.

In addition to airplanes and kid activities, AirFair will have a beer garden, food court, souvenirs, and craft vendors. For more informatin and event schedule see: http://www.truckeetahoeairfair.com/

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