By Douglas Bergen, Ocean City Patch
May 30, 2013
At Thursday's public meeting, City Council
voted to award a contract to Liberty Flight School of West Chester,
Pennsylvania, to operate helicopter tours from Ocean City Municipal Airport.
Liberty will pay the city $1,700 for the first year and $1,734 for the
second year. This is the first year for the new visitor attraction,
which will operate between June and September. Council also voted to
award a contract for the return of Red Baron Air Tours (Aerial Skyventures of Woodbine) with visitor bi-plane rides.
The air show, which is put on each year at the County airport by Air Group 1, the San Diego chapter of the “Commemorative Air Force,” will feature aerobatic displays, wing-walking, a mock battle with pyrotechnics, military re-enactors, a fun zone for kids, a beer garden for adults — and lots of airplanes and aircraft.
There will also be amusements, rides, educational displays, and food and drink venders.
This year’s event celebrates San Diego’s
contribution to aviation during WWII. Attendees can learn about what San
Diego was like when it was home to major aviation industries and
thousands of pilots.
General admission at the gate is $20 for adults
and $15 for children between ages 7 and 14, seniors 65 and older, and
active military members. The event is free for children 6 years old and
under, and to all WWII veterans, Korean War veterans and Purple Heart
recipients. Special two-day passes are also available. Online tickets
start at $8 at Air Group 1’s website, http://ag1caf.org.
Just some of the aircraft that will be on display
in the air and on the ground — many of which were designed and built in
San Diego — include: the PBY-Catalina amphibious flying-boat; the
Douglas C-53 D-Day Doll paratroop carrier; the Navy version of the famed
B-24 bomber, the Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer; “Lady Alice,” a P-51
Mustang; a P-63 Kingcrobra (used by the Soviet Union); and the only
Northrup N-9M “Flying Wing.”
Aerobatic performer John Collver returns with
“Wardog,” his North American T6-SNJ Texan. And the Silver Wings
Wingwalking troupe will make their first appearance at Gillespie at this
For more information, go to Air Group 1’s website.