Sunday, June 30, 2013

Miracle pilot will open the Truckee airshow

The hero of the Hudson, “Sully” Sullenberger, will speak at the opening ceremonies of the Truckee Airfair on July 6. Sullenberger is known for saving 150 lives when he successfully landed a powerless U.S. Airways Airbus A320 on the Hudson River. The plane hit a flock of Canadian Geese that knocked out the engines as it climbed out of LaGuardia Airport on January 15, 2009.

Sullenberger and his wife, Lorrie, are residents of Danville, Ca. They purchased a house near Northstar this year for a reported $2.4 million. Sullenberger is a frequent skier at Northstar.

The Truckee Tahoe AirFair and Family Festival will begin at 10:00am on July 6, 2013. Sullenberer will address the crowd during opening ceremonies at 11:00am. The Grand Marshal is Clarance Bud Anderson, a World War II ace.
Sullenberger has a book out called “Highest Duty”. He will sign autographs and copies of his book in the airport EAA building during the airshow.
Air performers include:
The stunt team of Melissa and Rex Pemberton will perform during the opening ceremonies. Rex will free-fall through the sky in his wing-suit, while his wife Melissa barrel rolls her Edge 540 aircraft around him.

Rich Perkins will perform precision aerobatics in his L39C Albatros jet. The Albatros is a jet trainer from Czechoslovakia that features dual seats and a single jet engine with 4,000 pounds of thrust.

Eddie Andreini will fly his modified Stearman through a series of stunts that include torque rolls, double snap rolls, square loops, and an inverted ribbon pick-up.
The RedStar Formation Team will put on a flying demonstration.

The Truckee AirFair is free and the parking is free. AirFair includes live music, static aircraft displays, beer gardens, and a bounce house for the kids.

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