Saturday, October 5, 2013

Central Jersey air show raises money for military, veterans

HILLSBOROUGH — An air show in the township on Saturday raised funds for the military and veterans while providing outreach for officers and their families.

Visitors gathered at Central Jersey Regional Airport Saturday afternoon for Military and Veterans Appreciation Day to help Rotary District 7510 raise funds that would be donated to various charities and foundations.

Some of the attractions included vintage and modern-day aircraft on display, along with antique and collector vehicles — including a Shockwave Monster Truck — food vendors, live bands, face painting and other children's rides, including a tethered hot air balloon.

Some of the participating organizations included Operation Shoebox New Jersey, Operation Chill Out, One Stop Career Center, and the Vets Chat and Chew project.

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Stroud: Westheimer’s Airport a ‘gold mine’ -- University of Oklahoma Westheimer Airport (KOUN), Norman, Oklahoma

NORMAN — Aviation enthusiast and local radio personality Dan Stroud said cities wishing to compete for business need to have accommodating airports with jet-capable runways.

“Norman is actually sitting on a gold mine and it’s called Westheimer Airpark,” Stroud said. “You have excellent, long runways, big ramps, an instrument approach and some of the nicest guys in the tower,” Stroud told a Norman Chamber of Commerce aviation breakfast audience Friday.

“Good airports allow small towns to become big towns. Airports tie a community to the world.”

His talk inside the University of Oklahoma’s hangar was the start of the seventh annual Max Westheimer Airport Aviation Festival. The festival concluded Saturday night with static displays, pilot seminars, tower tours and youth activities.

Stroud said two recent announcements portend good things for aviation. American Airlines announced it would hire 1,500 new pilots and Rolls Royce has opened a facility in Midwest City to repair engines on unmanned aerial vehicles.

Of American’s announcement, Stroud said many of those pilots will be OU graduates.

“They have faith in the economy. They have faith in aviation,” he said. “Anything good for American is good for us.”

Stroud, whose parents lived on the North Base while his dad was a Navy Reservist, recalled digging bullets from the Navy’s Mount Williams dirt backstop and from the one on the South Base near the site of the current National Weather Center.

“This was my playground when I was a kid,” he said. “I grew up right here.”


Air show boss: jets alone don’t tell the story of aviation

Darcy Brewer, the woman at the helm of the California Capital Airshow, admits she’s conflicted: jets sell tickets, but she’d rather talk about her love affair with the P-51 Mustang, the Berlin Airlift, or Charles Lindbergh’s 1927 visit to Sacramento. 

 The air show runs today and Sunday at Mather Airport in Rancho Cordova. The event, in its eighth year, features the Canadian Snowbirds jet demonstration team and the Red Bull Air Force parachute team.

Brewer is glad to have the Canadian team and expects them to put on a crowd-pleasing display of precision flying. And it turns out that booking the Snowbirds two years ago was a stroke of luck, given that the top U.S. military teams – the Navy’s Blue Angels and the Air Force’s Thunderbirds – have been grounded by Pentagon sequestration budget cuts and have canceled their planned appearances.

Brewer and her team know that it pays to build the marketing campaign around the jets, but she stresses the event would not be diminished if it had no jet-powered attraction.

“It’s not about the jets. The jets just sell tickets,” said Brewer, who has been a pilot for 20 years. It’s aviation history and vintage airplanes that start her heart racing.

“You never forget flying a Mustang,” she said. “There is nothing like them.”

With both fighter and fighter/bomber configurations, the P-51 Mustang helped establish the Allied forces’ air superiority during World War II. The planes have since become a highly coveted collector’s item for aviation buffs.

Several P-51s will be among the dozens of aircraft on display at the air show. For about the price of a movie ticket, Brewer said, the air show is a great value, offering five hours of aviation history. She said the point is to tell a story, not just have cool planes fly overhead.

“The magic thing for me is, a little over 100 years ago, people thought, ‘I wonder what it would be like to fly like a bird,’” Brewer said. In the years since, we can now travel to space, circle the globe without stopping and fly jumbo jets across the country.

“There are people out here that have changed the course of history,” she said, referring to some of the old-timers who will be on hand.

In keeping with past years, the event will highlight a historic event in aviation history. This year, the focus will be on the Berlin Airlift. An early standoff during the post-WWII Cold War, the Berlin Airlift saw U.S. and British forces fly thousands of shipments to West Berlin, which had been blockaded by the Soviet Union in an attempt to consolidate control of Berlin. The operation fed 2.25 million Berlin residents for months and led to the peaceful fall of the blockade.

“It’s our duty to teach our kids, and this is a great way to do it,” said Brewer, whose own love of flying and aviation history was sparked when she read the tale of a pilot who overcame a troubled childhood to become a military airman. “We’re getting them out here to teach them something.”

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Vero Beach Air Show flying high with fun, excitement: Vero Beach Municipal Airport (KVRB)

 Here's what you need to know if you're heading over to the Vero Beach airport for today's air show:

The weather should be perfect to enjoy today's activities. The day is starting under sunny skies but you may see a few clouds moving in around 10 a.m. Temperatures were 73 at 9 a.m. and expected to climb to a high of 86 by 1 p.m.

A small isolated shower is moving onshore between Vero Beach and Sebastian but that's the only one appearing on radar.

Where: Vero Beach Municipal Airport, 3400 Cherokee Drive, Vero Beach

When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 5 and 6

Gates Open: 9 a.m.

Opening Ceremonies: Noon

Advance Tickets: adult general admission $12.84 plus processing fee; children general admission $8.56 plus processing fee; children 3 and younger are free; must be purchased online at

Gate Tickets: Adults $16; Children ages 4-12 are $11; Kids 3 and younger free

Veterans Tickets: $10 in advance with ID at the Victory Center in the Indian River Mall through Oct. 2

VIP Chalet Tickets: $55 plus processing fee

Parking: General parking is free and can be accessed from 43rd Street. Handicapped and VIP parking, which can be purchased online for $5, can be accessed from Aviation Boulevard

Information: or 772-388-4477
The GEICO Skytypers will make their first appearance in the Vero Beach area during the 2013 Vero Beach Air Show scheduled for Oct. 5-6.


GEICO Skytypers: A flight squadron of six vintage World War II aircraft

Matt Younkin: Third generation air show pilot

Greg Koontz and the Alabama Boys: Blending comedy and aerobatics since 1974

Skip Stewart: Aerobatic biplane performer

Patty Wagstaff: Award-winning aerobatic pilot

Neil Darnell in the Flash Fire Truck: The Worlds Fastest Jet Powered Truck

Manfred Radius: Aerobatic sailplane

John Black: Solo aerobatics in a super decathlon

Jerry “Jive” Kerby: Warbird aerobatics

Paul Schulten: Solo Aerobatics


Bring chairs or blankets

Strollers, cameras and small handheld umbrellas are allowed

No coolers, cans, glass or alcohol

No pets

No weapons

No cooking equipment

No bicycles, scooters or roller blades

No tents, awnings or large umbrellas

No RV parking

No smoking permitted on the air show ramp or spectator area. Smoking is allowed outside spectator gates and the parking lots.

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