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U.S. Air Force Parachute Team “Wings Of Blue” Joins The Truckee Tahoe Air Show Lineup

Apr 07, 2014

At a time when military acts at air shows are scarce, The United States Air Force Parachute Team “Wings of Blue” will mesmerize Truckee Tahoe AirShow attendees with the team’s intricate aerial skills using flags and color filled smoke grenades on Saturday, July 12 at the Truckee Tahoe Airport. The selection process to confirm “Wings of Blue” at the free Truckee AirShow was highly competitive.

In 2013, no military aircraft participated in any U.S. air shows. This year the Department of Defense is allowing only three Air Force assets to appear at public events according to Pamela Friend, a spokeswoman with the Air Force’s Engagements and Outreach Division. The three are the Thunderbirds (Air Force’s precision flying team), the F-22 Raptor (the world’s most advanced fighter), and the U.S. Air Force parachute team “Wings of Blue” (The News Tribune, 3.27.2014)

Each "Wings of Blue" demonstration team is composed of highly qualified United States Air Force Academy Cadet jumpers and the 98th Flying Training Squadron. Team members are hand-selected based on their abilities to represent the Air Force Academy and the Armed Forces.

In addition to “Wings of Blue”, the AirShow will feature National Hall of Famer, Patty Wagstaff; Showmanship Award winner and Jelly Belly sponsored Kent Pietsch along with world-renowned performers Dan Buchannan, Jon Melby, the RedStar Formation Team and The OV-10 Bronco flying performance.

The pre-event Friday, July 11 Honorary Dinner under the stars at the Airport will feature, just for ticket holders, a “teaser” air show from the U.S. Air Force Parachute Team “Wings of Blue”, and highlighted aerobatic performers Kent Pietsch, Dan Buchanan and the famous Patty Wagstaff. Keynote Speaker, Wagstaff, a six-time recipient of the “First Lady of Aerobatics” Betty Skelton Award and world-renowned performer will address guests with a presentation on women in aviation. The evening will also include a catered dinner by Mountain Magic Catering, a silent auction by the Nevada County Sheriff's Search and Rescue, a no-host bar, live music and much more. Dinner cost is $50 per person. Tickets go on sale May 12 at the Truckee Tahoe Airport or online at www.truckeetahoeairshow.com. The Truckee Tahoe Airport District is the “Golden Wings” sponsor of the 2014 TTAS&FF fundraising event, funding all operational costs associated with the event as a gift to its community.

For more information and updates about the free 2014 Truckee Tahoe AirShow & Family Festival, please visit www.truckeetahoeairshow.com and follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/truckeetahoeairshow.

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FREE Admission and parking

WHAT: 2014 Truckee Tahoe AirShow & Family Festival - “Women in Aviation” Themed Event

WHEN: July 12, 2014 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (No-host Breakfast starts at 8 a.m.; Opening Ceremony at 11:15 a.m. – weather dependent.)

WHERE: Truckee Tahoe Airport, 10356 Airport Rd., Truckee, CA 96161

WHY: To raise money for Truckee/North Lake Tahoe youth organizations, scholarships and programs.

Bike parking will be available in a designated and gated bike corral. No bikes are allowed to be ridden at the AirShow & Family Festival. They must be parked.

No glass. No smoking. No firearms or explosives of any kind. Bags may be subject to search.

Leashed dogs are allowed; carry clean-up bags. This will be strictly enforced.

For more information: www.truckeetahoeairshow.com.