Wichita Flight Festival Air Shows 'Breathtaking'

By: KAKE News Email
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Sunday, September 26, 2010

The final day of the Wichita Flight Festival doesn't disappoint. The Thunderbirds are scheduled to fly under fair skies Sunday.

Due to inclement weather Saturday, parking locations changed from Cessna to Boeing on Sunday.

Visitors were instructed that If coming from the north or south, use Oliver Street to get to the Boeing parking lot between 47th Street and Pawnee. If coming from the West or K-15, use MacAruthur Road to get to the Boeing parking lot.

Gates opened at 10 a.m. and a ceremony honoring Gold Star Mothers kicked off the day’s events. Headlining Sunday was the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, the premier aerial demonstration team of the U.S. Air Force.

In addition to the Air Force Thunderbirds, the Navy was scheduled to push an F/A-18 Hornet trough a variety of tactical aerial maneuvers; John Klatt, a headliner in air shows across the country, will represent the Air National Guard with world class power aerobatics. In addition, the air show hosted civilian acts such as Franklin’s wing walkers, and Dan Buchanon in a glider performance.

On the ground, the U.S. Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon personified professionalism as they executed a precise rifle drill on McConnell’s flightline. In addition, Soldiers from the 1st Infantry Division, “The Big Red One” showcased their legacy with ground displays including an M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tank and other vehicles and weapon systems the Army uses to dominate the battlefield.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Open House 2010 continues Sunday. No night show is scheduled for Sunday.

Sunday Schedule of Events
Wichita Flight Festival

10 a.m. Gates Open
10:30 a.m. Ceremonies/Invocation/National Anthem/Wings of Blue Flag Drop
McConnel Air Force Base Wing Commander's Remarks
Gold Star Mothers Ceremony (Sunday only)

11:30 a.m. McConnell Open House and Air Show, A Wichita Flight Festival
Air Show Acts Featuring:
- U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds
-U.S. Navy Tactical Demonstration Team
-Wings of Blue
-U.S. Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon
-Clay Lacy in his Learjet-24
-John Klatt in his Staudacher S-300D
-Franklin's Flying Circus
-Dan Buchanan in his Special Effects Power Glider
-Matt Younkin in his Twin Beech 18
-The Indy Boys (Paul Stender) with Jet Outhouse

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Weather forces cancellation of Saturday's U. S. Air Force Thunderbirds, but the Saturday Twilight shows remain as scheduled.

Saturday Twilight Show Schedule

5:30 p.m. Concert featuring local entertainment
7:55 p.m. -U.S. Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon
-Dan Buchanan Night Glider Demo
-MiG-17 Afterburner Demonstration
-Matt Younkin in his Twin Beech 18

* All events, performers and times are subject to change

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Friday, September 24, 2010

An air show is returning to McConnell Air Force Base after problems booking an attraction forced the cancellation of last year's event.

The Wichita Eagle reported that as many as 150,000 people are expected to show up Saturday and Sunday for the Thunderbirds aerial demonstration and other attractions.

The air show director, Lt. Col. John Pantleo, says that for the first time, the event will include an evening air show on Saturday night. It will feature a MiG-17 afterburner demonstration and a twilight performance by the U.S. Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon from Washington.

McConnell's last air show was in 2007. Pantleo says the base typically has open houses every other year, so it was due for one in 2009. But last year's event was canceled when a major act such as the Thunderbirds or the Blue Angels couldn't be booked.

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