Air Fest tradition continues |

Air Fest tradition continues

Dan Thrift/Tahoe Daily TribuneStunt pilot Tim Weber goes inverted along the runway while practicing for the Lake Tahoe Airport Air Fest on Saturday.

People who are envious of birds may get a more intimate feel for the life of majesty and adventure Saturday during the Lake Tahoe Airport’s 12th annual Air Fest 2002.

The free event’s schedule, which runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. — and is subject to change, features a flyover from an F-117A stealth fighter originating in Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico.

The intrigue of the cloak-and-dagger life brings the onlookers out for this display, event organizer and airport spokeswoman Janis Brand said Thursday.

“The patriotism for this event has always been high. People are curious because they often don’t have access to military bases,” Brand said.

Other presentations will follow the 8 a.m. pancake breakfast — including the arrival of the Civil Air Patrol’s sailplane and an ultralight demonstration set two hours later.

Opening ceremonies at 10:30 a.m. are dedicated to Bobbie Kirschner, a former flight attendant who, with her husband Bill, was active in the CAP.

Sky Dive Lake Tahoe will also drop in to the festivities during the opening ceremonies.

With 83 years of experience between them, two veterans of the high-flying world — Tim Weber and Rob Harrison — will give aerial demonstrations at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., respectively. A special display involving both pilots is set during the closing ceremonies at 2 p.m.

“My interest in planes started out as a child. But it grew when we moved close to an airport when I was 12,” said Weber of Phoenix.

The pilot started working at an airport at age 14, trading 10-minute flights for 10 hours of work.

Brand characterized Weber and Harrison as down-to-earth guys who know how to “have a good laugh.”

The Air Fest Committee, along with the Kiwanis Club of South Lake Tahoe and the Blackhawk Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, hopes the community will relish the diverse events that will be offered on Saturday.

Activities are planned throughout the day, including airplane and helicopter rides for those who want the feel of the air beneath them.

On the ground, law enforcement’s K-9 units will give demonstrations at noon, along with several other venues of entertainment and concessionaires. A Corvette Club car show will round out the shows.

Air Fest parking costs $5, and a free shuttle will run from the South “Y” Transit Center to the airport.

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