Free Truckee Tahoe AirShow returns in full force

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Updated: 5/21/2014 12:31 pm
RENO, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- The Truckee Tahoe AirShow will return in full force for the third year after the shows long 16-year-hiatus.

The free Truckee Tahoe AirShow & Family Festival (TTAS&FF) 2014 “Women in Aviation” themed event has confirmed some of the most top-tier world-renowned aerobatic talent. The free show will blaze across the sky July 12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Truckee Tahoe Airport.

The featured women in their aviation line-up include Patty Wagstaff, a three-time national Aerobatic Champion and National Aviation Hall of Fame member along with the U.S. Air Force Parachute Team “Wings of Blue” including several female pilots and jumpers. The AirShow’s Grand Marshal Sandy Wiederkehr, who is a Retired Flying Tiger, Fed Ex captain and Truckee local will also be performing along with Jeanne Slone, author of “She Flew Bombers” and Julia Hamlin, 22 year-old pilot intern with Cessna’s 2014 Discover Flying Challenge.

In addition to Patty Wagstaff and the U.S. Air Force Parachute Team “Wings of Blue”, highlighted aerobatic performers include:

•Dan Buchanan who, six months after an accident that left him unable to walk ever again, began flying his NorthWing designed hang glider
•Jon Melby’s in his black and yellow factory Pitts “Muscle” Bi-Plane
•Kent Pietsch, “Jelly Belly” sponsored pilot, who flies an Interstate Cadet Airplane
•RedStar Formation Team, a Precision Warbird Mass Formation Display Team highlighting precision flying capabilities
•The OV-10 Bronco, which showcases white shark teeth
•A one of a kind Sailplane powered by a jet engine

“We’re going to blow people away this year with some of the best aerobatic pilots in the world,” says AirShow Chairman Tim LoDolce. “And at a time when military acts at air shows are scarce, we’re thrilled to have confirmed ‘Wings of Blue’. They are without a doubt going to be a huge crowd pleaser.”

The selection process to confirm “Wings of Blue” is highly competitive. In 2013, no military aircraft participated in any U.S. air shows, and performance engagements for 2014 are limited.

The Truckee Tahoe Airport is the “Golden Wings” sponsor of the 2014 TTAS&FF giving the Air Show as a gift to the community. All proceeds from sponsorships, vendor fees, pre-event dinner ticket sales, food and beverage sales and miscellaneous items go directly to local youth through the three main non-profit organizations that will produce the event; the EAA local Chapter 1073, KidZone Museum and Truckee Optimist Club.

For more AirShow information, a schedule of events and for tickets to the pre-event dinner on July 11, please visit and the Air Show’s Facebook page

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