Lake in the Sky Air Show soars Saturday |

Lake in the Sky Air Show soars Saturday

Tim Parsons, Lake Tahoe Action

The Lake in the Sky Air Show reaches new heights Saturday, June 27, at the Lake Tahoe Airport.

“We really have a big lineup,” airport director Rick Jenkins said of the 19th annual event. “We’ve got a lot of big aircrafts and home builds.”

Twelve to 14 active-duty aircraft will be on display including a couple of A10 tank hunters, F-18 Hornet fighters, a three-engine H-53 Marine helicopter and an Army Black Hawk.

“Even though they are really busy right now, they can use this as an opportunity for a training flight,” said Jenkins, a former Marine who obviously has current connections. The South Lake Tahoe Lodging Association is providing free rooms to the military personnel.

Twelve World War II aircraft will take flight during the 10:15 a.m. opening ceremonies, which will include a skydiving demonstration.

Stunt pilots Spencer Suderman and Bill Cornick will fly Pitts S2B biplanes, and 24-year-old Melissa Andrzejewski will maneuver a Zivko Edge 540.

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In 2006 Andrzejewski became the youngest woman to be a member of the U.S. Unlimited Aerobatic Team at national championships.

“She’s always a favorite, especially with the children,” Jenkins said.

With a $10 parking fee, motorists will enter the air show for no additional charge. A free BlueGo shuttle will pick up passengers at the South Y Transit Center. Walk-ups and shuttle riders gain entry for $2.

It also will be the center for food on Saturday. The Kiwanis Club will offer a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 11, when the highly anticipated return of the Tahoe Douglas Rotary chilli cookoff begins.

More than 100 motorcycles of the Tahoe Blueriders will be on hand, along with police dogs, specialized aircraft and 24 vendor booths.

And, for a small donation, residents can plunk their favorite politicians in a dunk tank.

All of the area’s public safety agencies will attend.

“We want to let people know the airport is the center for public safety,” Jenkins said.

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