Truckee Tahoe AirShow Returns in Full Force

Some of the world’s finest aerobatic performers will soar through Truckee’s pristine skies on July 12, 2014. The free AirShow & Family Festival offers an exhilarating and enriching family experience that showcases Truckee Tahoe Airport’s commitment to giving back to its community through inspiring youth to learn more about career and educational opportunities in aviation, aerospace, aeronautics, science and technology.

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Patty Wagstaff upside down performing at one of many AirShows. Photo Credit Evan Peers, Airspace Media

“And at a time when military acts at air shows are scarce, we’re thrilled to have confirmed ‘Wings of Blue’. They are without a doubt going to be a huge crowd pleaser," said AirShow Chairman, Tim LoDolce.

Truckee/North Tahoe, Calif. (PRWEB) May 21, 2014

The free Truckee Tahoe AirShow & Family Festival (TTAS&FF) 2014 “Women in Aviation” themed event will blaze across the Truckee sky on July 12 at the Truckee Tahoe Airport. Gates open at 9 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. Now in its third year after a 16 year hiatus, TTAS&FF has confirmed some of the most top-tier world-renowned aerobatic talent.

The featured women in aviation line-up includes Patty Wagstaff a three-time national Aerobatic Champion and National Aviation Hall of Fame member; the U.S. Air Force Parachute Team “Wings of Blue” with several female pilots and jumpers; the AirShow’s Grand Marshal Sandy Wiederkehr a Retired Flying Tiger/Fed Ex captain and Truckee local; Jeanne Slone, author of “She Flew Bombers” and Julia Hamlin, 22 year-old pilot intern with Cessna’s 2014 Discover Flying Challenge.

The AirShow plans to make event goers’ hair rise from the sights of planes swirling and thundering in the sky with the Opening Ceremony starting at 11:15 a.m. (weather permitting). In addition to Patty Wagstaff and the U.S. Air Force Parachute Team “Wings of Blue”, highlighted aerobatic performers include:

  •     Dan Buchanan who six months after an accident that left him unable to walk ever again began flying his NorthWing designed hang glider.
  •     Jon Melby’s attention grabbing performance style in his awesome looking black and yellow factory Pitts “Muscle” Bi-Plane reminds those of a time long ago
  •     Kent Pietsch, “Jelly Belly” sponsored pilot, flies an Interstate Cadet Airplane, and executes three different acts leaving spectators mesmerized
  •     RedStar Formation Team, a show pleaser for the past two years, is a Precision Warbird Mass Formation Display Team highlighting precision flying capabilities.
  •     The OV-10 Bronco flying performance captivates spectators with its white shark teeth painted across its front.
  •     A one of a kind Sailplane powered by a jet engine.

This event might just be the most family-friendly event in the Truckee North Tahoe region. Event offerings include free admission, free parking, world-class aerobatics, parachute demonstrations, static aircraft displays, Vendor Village, Kids’ Zone, food court, free speaker forums, pre-event dinner on Friday, July 11 and free flights for kids ages 8-17 on Sunday, July 13. Sign-ups take place Saturday at the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Building at the Airport.

“We’re going to blow people away this year with some of the best aerobatic pilots in the world,” says AirShow Chairman Tim LoDolce. “And at a time when military acts at air shows are scarce, we’re thrilled to have confirmed ‘Wings of Blue’. They are without a doubt going to be a huge crowd pleaser.”

The selection process to confirm “Wings of Blue” is highly competitive. In 2013, no military aircraft participated in any U.S. air shows, and performance engagements for 2014 are limited.

The Truckee Tahoe Airport is the “Golden Wings” sponsor of the 2014 TTAS&FF giving the Air Show as a gift to its community. All proceeds from sponsorships, vendor fees, pre-event dinner ticket sales, food and beverage sales and miscellaneous items go directly to local youth through the three main non-profit organizations that produce the event. They include the EAA local Chapter 1073, KidZone Museum and Truckee Optimist Club.

Other major sponsors to date include Clear Capital, Tahoe Mountain Resorts Foundation, KRNV My News 4 Reno, Suddenlink and the Sierra Sun.

For more AirShow information, a schedule of events and for tickets to the pre-event dinner on July 11, click here, and visit our AirShow's Facebook page.

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About the Truckee Tahoe AirShow & Family Festival

Re-established in 2011 after a 16-year hiatus, the free Truckee Tahoe AirShow & Family Festival is generously funded and presented by the Truckee Tahoe Airport District. Some of the world’s finest aerobatic performers will soar through Truckee’s pristine skies on July 12, 2014. TTAS&FF offers an exhilarating and enriching family experience that showcases Truckee Tahoe Airport’s commitment to giving back to its community through inspiring youth to learn more about career and educational opportunities in aviation, aerospace, aeronautics, science and technology.


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