Give your summer the send off it deserves at the 47th Annual Watsonville Fly-in and Air Show! Spend your Labor Day weekend admiring the diverse aircraft on display and enjoying the high-flying aerobatics of some of aviation’s top pilots. The Watsonville Fly-in and Air Show is one of the biggest fly-ins on the west coast, and this is one thrilling event that the whole family will enjoy.
Aircraft on Display
More than 300 classic and antique airplanes will be on display, including a large collection of warbirds. Some of the military aircraft on display include the WWII American P-40 Warhawk; the P-51 Mustang, an American long range single seat fighter aircraft from WWII; the Bultee BT-13, a basic combat trainer that was too lavish for the cash-strapped US Army Air Corps of 1938; the SNJ/T6 Texan, a training aircraft for Allied pilots in WWII; the F8F-1 Bearcat, a major US Navy fighter; and the Grumman 6F Hellcat, a carrier-based fighter aircraft.
In addition to the vintage aircraft, the Air Show will also feature stunning planes currently in use by the military. The C-17 Globemaster III from March Air Reserve Base will appear at the Air Show. The C-17 is the newest and most flexible aircraft currently in the airlift force. This bird can rapidly deliver troops and cargo to bases and perform tactical airlift and airdrop missions. You’ll also enjoy the Tactical Demonstration of the VFA-122 Super Hornet. The “Tac Demo” team will demonstrate the maneuverability and slow-speed handling characteristics this plane is known for.
Air Show Performers
This year’s air show will feature the aerobatics of John Collver, whose career has spanned more than 30 years and who has clocked over 14,000 hours of flight time. He’s flown over 50 types of aircraft, including the Goodyear Blimp. Collver has been performing his aeronautic feats for over 26 years, and will be piloting War Dog for this exciting event. Built in Texas in 1944, War Dog has since been completely rebuilt to its original condition.
Other Family-Friendly Activities to Enjoy
In addition to the airplanes on display, attendees can enjoy the antique car and motorcycle show. For those who want to do more than view the aircraft, vintage airplane and helicopter rides are available for purchase on the day of the event. There are also dozens of aviation-related vendors to browse, and a wide selection of food and drinks to enjoy.
Numerous other events will take place over the weekend, including a family spaghetti dinner, a movie night, and a pilot’s dinner and awards presentation.
Tickets and Prices
Adult admission is $15 per day, or $35 for the entire weekend. Children ages 6 to 12 are $10 per day, and children under 6 are admitted free. Tickets to the Saturday night dinner are $16 for adults and $10 for children. Tickets can be purchased at the gate using Visa or MasterCard only.
Parking for automobiles is $5 per day, and weekend RV camping/parking is available for $40. There are more than 1,400 parking spaces available, and a shuttle will take patrons from the parking area to the air show grounds.
The Watsonville Fly-in and Air Show will take place from August 31st to September 2nd, 2012. For more information please visit their website at http://www.watsonvilleairshow.org/flyin/index.php.