Air Show to Feature B-17 Bomber, Aerobatics and Family Fun

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Wings over Waukesha Air Show Adds Another Aerobatics Act and 1st Tactical Air Wing Demonstration to its Array of Performances

The historic B-17 Bomber, "Aluminum Overcast" will offer flights and ground tours at Wings over Waukesha Air Show

The B-17 is the cornerstone of this year’s air show experience, and we have dozens of other aircraft representing the past 100 years of aviation, and they will be flying throughout the day and on display for a close-up view.

The Wings over Waukesha Air Show is proud to announce that a fourth aerobatics act, has been added to the performance as former US Air Force A-10 pilot Jim Leavelle will be performing in his T-6, along with Jim "Fang" Maroney Super Chipmunk aerobatics, Dave Dacy-Tony Kazian wingwalking, and Dr Bill Blank Super Decathlon aerobatics.

The air show will be held on August 25 and 26, 2012, at the Waukesha County Airport, and it will feature the Experimental Aircraft Association’s B-17 “Aluminum Overcast” bomber from World War II, which will offer amazing once-in-a-lifetime rides and tours. Veterans who flew in the B-17 in WWII will be near the aircraft to offer their personal experiences and autographs for interested guests. A parachute performance team will kick off the show, the 1st Tactical Air Wing will demonstrate how aircraft are engaged in law enforcement, and a wide array of vintage and contemporary military and civilian aircraft will be in flight and on display to represent the centennial of aviation in Waukesha County.

“The B-17 is the cornerstone of this year’s air show experience, and we have dozens of other aircraft representing the past 100 years of aviation, and they will be flying throughout the day and on display for a close-up view,” said Kurt Stanich, Chairman of Wings over Waukesha. “We have a great variety of food and beverages available, and we encourage everyone to stay late Saturday evening to enjoy a live band and hot air balloon glow,” he added.

Tickets to the event are $10 per person for adults, $5 for children ages 10 – 17, free of charge for children ages 9 and under. Advance tickets are now available at the discounted price of $7.00 per adult – a $3 discount – through the Wings over Waukesha website at http://www.wingsoverwaukesha.com. Online advance ticket sales will end just before the show on Monday, August 20 at midnight. The discounted tickets will also be sold at the Saturday morning Farmers Market in downtown Waukesha on Aug 18. You can also pick them up at Freeman Friday Night Live events on August 17 at the ticket booth located in the five-corners intersection.

“Guests are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on during the show, a camera and comfortable shoes so they can explore the grounds and enjoy the day with their families,” said Stanich. More suggestions on what to bring are available on the airshow website.

Ample parking will be provided for $5 per car on the airport grounds and Waukesha Expo Center properties, and trams will run throughout the day to shuttle guests to the air show entrance, which is especially helpful to those who have difficulty walking longer distances or families with small children.

Wings over Waukesha sponsors include Waukesha County Airport, Atlantic Aviation, StrateVantage Communications, Accurate Specialties, the Fisher Barton Group, Stars and Stripes Honor Flight – Wisconsin, Innovative Signs, Icom America, Delzer, thesalesfactory, Snow Patrol, Generac, TEC, Stein’s Aircraft Services, PlaneSafe, Vietnam Veterans of America – Chapter 425, Euro Machinery Specialists, Acupuncture and Chinese Medical Center, Modern Woodmen, Midland Plastics, U.S. Bank, Skycom Avionics, Summit Credit Union, DryHootch of Waukesha County, Wings of Mercy, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Waukesha Bearings Corporation, AirCraft Image, Ryan’s Pub, Waukesha County Technical College, Stoneridge Subway, Mead & Hunt, Commemorative Air Force – Wisconsin Wing and Rotating Equipment Repair.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available for businesses that want to reach out to the anticipated crowd of 20,000 – 25,000 people this year, including thousands of families, active military personnel and veterans, aviation enthusiasts and entertainment-seekers. Sponsor package details are provided in the downloadable sponsor package.

Anyone interested in becoming a sponsor, exhibitor, volunteer or flying their aircraft to Waukesha to participate in the event is encouraged to go to the event website at http://www.wingsoverwaukesha.com.

About Wings over Waukesha
Wings over Waukesha is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting aviation and honoring aviation history. The organization hosts the popular annual Wings over Waukesha aviation exposition and air show at Waukesha County Airport that features a variety of contemporary and vintage aircraft from both civilian and military aviation. The family-friendly event provides an opportunity to learn about flying, aircraft and the important role of military aviation, while meeting local pilots and getting a close-up view of their aircraft, many of which have been painstakingly restored to their original condition from the mid-1900s. Proceeds are reinvested in the annual event, which also benefits numerous local non-profit organizations that participate and sell food and merchandise to raise funds for aviation education scholarships, vintage aircraft restoration and other military and aviation related efforts.

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