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Flying Fortresses will highlight 20th annual Madras show as August event moves forward

 - The Ye Olde Pub B-17 bomber in flight. Two B-17 Flying Fortress Bombers will fly at the Airshow of the Cascades in Madras in August. Ye Olde Pub is part of the Erickson Aircraft Collection.

The U.S. Army Golden Nights will headline the 20th Anniversary Airshow of the Cascades on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 27-28 at the Madras Airport.

"It's one of the premier summer events in Oregon that brings family, friends, youth and veterans together to enjoy aerobatics, planes, cars, food, drinks and music all wrapped together in one festival located outdoors for all to enjoy," said Airshow of the Cascades Board Secretary/Treasurer Rick Allen.

The world's top military parachute team will perform their parachute jump demonstrations both days with a 12-person team that performs for the President of the United States, Super Bowls and around the world.

"If the Golden Knights are not enough, the board has been working for months on something very special, an opportunity to have two flying B-17 Bombers in the air and on static display in one place, during one airshow, it never happens," Allen said.

He said the Erickson Aircraft Collection in Madras is blessed to have one of less than 10 World War II B-17 Flying Fortresses flying today in the world.

"Ye Olde Pub has been touring the United States, entertaining thousands of visitors for the last few years. It will be home for the 2021 show," Allen said.

Board members have confirmed the opportunity to have a second flying B-17, the Sentimental Journey from Arizona, flying with Ye Olde Pub. The Flying Fortress is one of the most decorated planes in military history as it was a strategic piece of the victory in Europe during World War II.

"This will be a once-in-a-lifetime to see two B-17's side by side," said Airshow President Joe Krenowicz. "With the two B-17 Fortresses on location, we anticipate many fans and followers of these aircraft coming from across the U.S. and from overseas, particularly Great Britain."

 - World War II B-17 Bomber Sentimental Journey, from Arizona, will perform with Ye Olde Pub on Saturday, Aug. 28 during the Airshow of the Cascades. Visitors will have a chance to purchase a ride on one of the B-17s.The Airshow of the Cascades is more than an airshow, it's a festival with live music, fireworks, car show, museum tours, bouncy castles for children, a dozen food and drink vendors, and more.

Krenowicz said that even with the cancelation of last year's airshow, the aerial performers, bands, event suppliers and vendors have extended their contract commitment.

"Precious Byrd, considered one of the most popular bands in the Pacific Northwest, will be our Friday night performance before and after the airshow and fireworks finale," Krenowicz said.

A new upgraded option is available for the 20th anniversary event, the Flight Line Club allows seating and shade along the flight line, close to the action. See the website for details as space is limited and advance reservations will be required.

The Blue Sky Pavilion (VIP), Ron Ochs Pilot Chalet and Premier Seating all filled up during the last show. Due to potential COVID-19 restrictions, these upgraded options will have limited capacity. The actual capacity will be updated throughout the summer based on guidelines in place during the show.

"With RV and tent camping options, the entire family or a group can reserve spots today online, set up camp and enjoy one, two or three days for one low price," Allen said.

General admission and VIP tickets are also on sale. Veterans and children 5 and younger get in free. Admission includes access to the Erickson Aircraft Collection museum, showcasing more than 25 World War II aircraft.

The airshow also provides an opportunity for local civic organizations and school clubs to raise money for their programs.

It takes approximately 250 committed volunteers in August not only during the show, but the week and days prior to the event and after the event. There are opportunities for all abilities, interest levels and ages who have time to give. Interested volunteers may register on the airshow website.

"This event is a great opportunity to be a volunteer as we meet many visitors from all over Central Oregon, the Pacific Northwest and from other parts of the U.S. and world," Krenowicz said. "We are welcoming new volunteers and those returning long-time volunteers."

The Airshow of the Cascades

Friday and Saturday, Aug. 27-28 at Madras Municipal Airport.


Admission for ages 13 and older is $20 a day or $32 for a two-day pass. Youth ages 6 to 12 is $6 a day or $10 for a two-day pass. Early Bird tickets are on sale through April 30, offering a 20% discount.

To sponsor the event, contact Tom Brown or Judy Solso on the website contact page or leave a message at 541-475-0155.

Visit the volunteer tab on the website to register as a volunteer or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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