The 24th annual Wings Over Houston Airshow will take to the skies over Ellington Field Oct. 25 – 26, this year featuring the legendary U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.
Considered one of the world’s premier flight demonstration teams, the Thunderbirds are celebrating their 55th year of representing more than 500,000 airmen and women in the United States Air Force.
The airshow will also feature aerobatic performances by Sean D. Tucker and Team Oracle, Julie Clark in the Chevron Mentor T-34 and the Flash Fire Jet Truck, billed as the world’s fastest jet truck. There will also be military demonstrations by the Apache AH64, US Air Force Heritage Flight, the A-10, the F-18, the US Navy Legacy Flight, the US Coast Guard Daulphine HH65C and the C-17.
There will also be a number of static aircraft displays, including historic aircraft from the Commemorative Air Force.
Bill Roach, executive director of Wings Over Houston, said the goal of the airshow is to be both entertaining and educational.
“Thanks to the community, the airshow is celebrating its 24th year of entertaining audiences and furthering its mission of aviation education,” Roach said.
He also pointed out that the show depends on a dedicated corps of volunteers and community supporters.
“Without the tremendous support of our more than two thousand volunteers, thousands of patrons and numerous sponsors, the airshow would not be possible,” Roach said.
Advance tickets are $15 for adults, $4 for children ages 6 through 11 and free for children under 5. Reserved “prime view” seats are $40 and include reserved parking and a show program.
Additionally, Eagle Squadron Hospitality tickets are available for $125 and include reserved seating, catered food and beverages throughout the day, reserved parking and a souvenir cap, program and poster.
Tickets can be purchased by calling 888-4-FLYSHOW or through the airshow’s website at www.wingsoverhouston.com.
Wings Over Houston is a nonprofit event produced jointly by the Gulf Coast Wing and West Houston Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force, with support from the Lone Star Flight Museum in Galveston. The event annually attracts more than 70,000 people to the two-day show.
The 2008 airshow will benefit the Wings Over Houston Airshow Scholarship Program, the TSU Aviation Career Academy, the Exchange Club of Sugar Land and the Commemorative Air Force aircraft restoration and flying historical programs, in addition to numerous other nonprofit organizations.