Aviation Roundup announces all-star air show for October
June 12, 2017
The Carson Valley Inn and Michael Hohl Automotive are the title sponsors for this year's Aviation Roundup at the Minden-Tahoe Airport Oct. 7 and 8.
This year's event will feature the U. S. Air Force Thunderbirds, U. S. Army Golden Knights and the Navy's Super Hornet flight team.
Additional acts include: Rob Holland, holder of 19 international competition medals; Greg Koontz and the Alabama Boys, a comedy act that concludes with Greg landing on top of a moving pick-up truck; Wild Blue Rodeo, the little plane that wants to be a fighter jet; Jacquie B, the lady that left a white collar job to become an air show pilot at 50; Bob Carlton, in his jet-powered glider doing a full aerobatic show; and Smoke 'n Thunder, a jet-powered truck that will challenge an air show performer to a race down the runway.
In addition, the spectator area has multiple aircraft static displays including, C-130, F5, and a CH-47 Chinook. Contrasting will be World War II fighter aircraft and bombers: B-25 bomber, P-51 Mustang, Supermarine Spitfire MKXIV, Grumman Hellcat, Grumman Bearcat and a Corsair. Several other very unique aircraft will also be available for viewing in the spectator area.
The USAF Thunderbird jets will be on a ramp with a "walk down" of the team prior to their takeoff. After their flight the team will sign autographs. The show will feature rides in the B-25, the Mustang, or a high-speed run down the runway in either a Ferrari or a Lamborghini. The website tab Airshow Adventures on aviationroundup.com has details.
Sponsors include Carson Valley Visitors Authority, Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce, Town of Gardnerville, Town of Minden, Armstrong Consultants, The Pink House, The Record-Courier, Howard Charney, Dr. James the Dentist, REMAX, and A.V.I.D. Sponsorship, vendor and volunteer opportunities are still available. Anyone interested in being a sponsor should contact Bobbi Thompson (775-781-9871) or Bill Chernock (775-782-8144) for information.
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Advance discount tickets are available in either the airport office, or on aviationroundup.com. The discount ticket prices are $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 12-17. Those under the age of 12 are free. For $40, two adult parents and up to eight children can get in to the air show with a family pass. Ticket prices increase at the gate to $20 for adults, $15 for kids (12-17), and $50 for the family pass.
Events begin at 10 a.m. each day and last until 5 p.m. Attendees may bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on but no coolers. Service animals are welcome, but discouraged due to the environment of the air show, which can be very uncomfortable and frightening to animals. Food, water, and other beverages (including beer) will be available for purchase.