Air show gearing up
Plans are being readied for the Airshow of the Cascades, the second largest air show in Oregon, slated for Aug. 24-25, in Madras.
Set at the Madras Airport, the air show is a family friendly event, where people can get up front and close to each performer and their aircraft as they taxi down the runway to perform.
Admission is $15, with veterans and kids under age 5 admitted free. Air show admission also gives you free admission to the nearby Erickson Aircraft Collection museum, which will also have vintage warbirds as part of the performances.
New additions this year include four jets (more than ever), a new music stage with entertainment by the Countryfied Band on both Friday and Saturday, a motorcycle show with classic and antique bikes, and a biplane dog fight performance by the "Immortal Red Baron" from Canada, battling it out in full costume with a pilot from Texas, using propane machine guns.
The classic car show will be back, along with glider rides from High Desert Soaring, for $100, helicopter rides from Leading Edge Aviation for $50 per person, a spectacular fireworks show on Friday night, a new zip line ride, and RV and tent camping will be available.
Air show performers include many new acts.
The Black Daggers Parachute Demonstration Team, the official U.S. Army special operations command parachute demonstration team, from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, will show their skills, and Stephen Covington will perform aerobatic moves in his modified Pitts s2s, named the "Raptor."
Scott Farnsworth, an air racing champion, will bring an exciting L39 Jet Formation Team to perform, Jim Bourk will fly his German-built Extra 330 XL acrobatic plane, pilot Steve Bennett will perform in his Eagle Biplane, and 19-year-old Ben Rose will do aerobatics in a modified Pitts biplane.
Returning acts include the World War II Cascade Warbirds, the Metal Mulisha freestyle motocross stunts by Juston Homan, and Gregory "Wired" Colyer flying his Lockheed T33 Jet Acemaker.
For complete details, visit www.cascadeairshow.com.