What: Redding Air Show
When: September 24-25. Through this month, Flight Deck tickets will be available for a discounted price.
Where: Redding Municipal Airport, 6751 Woodrum Circle, Redding, CA 96002
Cost: $10 advance, $16 at the gate. Kids 11 & under, free.
The Thunderbirds are back to headline the Exchange Club of Redding’s Air Show, which will feature more jets than ever before. The show is set for Sept. 24-25 at the Redding Municipal Airport. The U.S. Air Force’s distinctively painted F-16 Fighting Falcons haven’t flown in Redding since 2004. They lead a lineup that features more jets than at any time in the show’s 29-year history.
The T-Birds will follow first-ever appearances in Redding of the Canadian Force F-18, and a T-33 Shooting Star along with a return of the A-10 Warthog tank-killing jet. Organizers are still awaiting word on whether a Marine Harrier will fly in the show.
The other big news is that children 11 and under get free admission. General admission adult tickets remain at just $10. They’ll be $16 at the gate. The deadline to take advantage of discounted tickets to the popular Flight Deck, a pavilion with front-line seating that includes food and drink catered all day by the Sons of Italy, is approaching. Tickets are priced at $65 each or 10 for $550 until July 31. Starting Aug. 1, the price will be $95 or 10 for $700. The Flight Deck sold out in 2009.
Proving that you can teach an old dog new tricks, Eddie Andreini returns, but this time he’ll pilot a P-51 Mustang. It will mark the first P-51 aerobatic demo ever in Redding. Of course, he’ll wow fans with his inverted ribbon cut in his Stearman bi-plane as well.
Speaking of old dogs, John Collver will fly “War Dog,” his vintage AT-6 Texan Marine trainer. Evan Wolfe’s T-28C Trojan warbird will be in the air for the first time. Their demos will help celebrate the centennial of naval aviation.
“Everyone’s excited about having more jets in the air than ever before,” said Bill Wagner, air show chairman. “Once again we’ve loaded up with a jet team, military aircraft and warbirds, which fans across the country rate as the top three attractions at an air show.”
To order tickets or for more information on the show, visit reddingairshow.org.
The family-oriented community service event has generated more than $937,000 for area charities and groups over the years.
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