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17th annual air fest comes to Lake Tahoe airport Saturday

Amanda Fehd
Dan Thrift / Tahoe Daily Tribune / Stunt pilot Bill Cornick practices Thursday for the air fest in his Pitts S-2C bi-plane.

Pilots will show off their tricks, and an expected 10,000 spectators will gawk at vintage military aircraft at this Saturday’s 17th Annual Air Fest at the Lake Tahoe airport.

This year’s event will feature stunt fliers, a simulated helicopter rescue and fundraising helicopter rides.

A dozen World War 2-era warbirds will be on display, as well as an Albatross, a big airplane that can land on water.

Volunteer organizer Rick Jenkins said it’s a great event for families and children.

“We all worked nine months and have had plenty of frustrations, but when you see those kids smile, it’s easy to let go of the frustrations, and that’s why all of us do it,” Jenkins said.

Airport Manager Smokey Rickerd said he looks forward to the event every year.

“I grew up on a ranch, and I was close to an Air Force base,” Rickerd said. “When they had airshows, we’d always go. It’s just something unique, and you’d see airplanes doing things you never did see before. After 36 years of flying, I’m still in awe of airplanes. I’m still like a little kid when I get around them.”

Full event schedule

The event is free and doors open at 8 a.m. with a pancake breakfast hosted by Kiwanis and a 5K run. Four aerobatic stunt performers hit the skies around 11 a.m. HeliTahoe and ReMax Realty will offer fundraiser rides for Children’s Miracle Network.

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