Touchdown nears for Tahoe air show |

Touchdown nears for Tahoe air show

Michael Schneider

The seventh annual Lake Tahoe Airport open house and air show, Airfest 1998, is less than two weeks away.

This year’s show, scheduled Aug. 22, will feature planes from Top Gun, the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center, all out of Fallon Naval Air Station. Planes from these outfits include an F-14 and an FA-18.

Alameda NAS will bring an H-65 Dolphin. Other military planes at the show will include a T43A transport, a C-130 and a CH-47 Chinook.

The Air America parachute demonstration team will open the air show at 10:30 a.m., along with the Nevada Air National Guard color guard and a glider demonstration by former national champion Mike Bradford, of the Lakeside Inn and Casino.

Tim Weber, Bill Cornick, Norm DeWitt and Dave Eastman are scheduled to perform aerobatics. Weber, Cornick and Eastman will perform a special “squirrel cage” maneuver during closing ceremonies.

Also, the Lake Tahoe Corvette Club will sponsor a car show at the Air Fest this year including a lunchtime shootout between Mike Conway’s RV-1 Corvette and an airplane.

A performance by the Capitol City Barnstormers with radio control airplanes and a demonstration of the South Lake Tahoe Police Department and El Dorado County Sheriff’s K-9 units will also convene during the lunch hour.

Admission for the event is $5 per adult with children under 12 free when accompanied by an adult. Parking is $5, or free with two adult admissions.

A VIP pass, which admits two adults plus children with parking at the entrance gate is $25.

Toys, gifts, aviation art and memorabilia will be available from a variety of vendors including Wings America and Plane Stuff.

The South Lake Tahoe Loyal Order of Moose will sponsor a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. for $3.50 per person. Food and drinks will be sold throughout the day by the Moose Lodge, the Civil Air Patrol and Hatch Barbecue.

For additional information, contact the Air Fest Committee at (530) 541-0480. The show goes from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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