Take flight! One of my favorite family events — Wings Over Houston — is back
There’s nothing quite like great childhood memories with the family and there may not be a better place to make those memories than at Wings Over Houston.
This year it’ll be bigger and better than ever. As the son of a lifelong Civil Service worker at Kelly Air Force Base, the memories of jets, giant C-5 freight planes and old-school WWII fighters are vivid.
The 28th Annual Wings Over Houston Airshow takes flight Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28 at Ellington Airport with thrilling aerial performances, aerobatics and demonstrations. A highlight of this year’s event is the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, The Blue Angels.
The team exhibits choreographed refinements of skills possessed by all naval aviators. The Blue Angels’ C-130, affectionately known as Fat Albert, begins the demonstration by exhibiting its maximum performance capabilities. Audiences will then be thrilled by the graceful aerobatic maneuvers of the four-jet Diamond Formation, in concert with the fast-paced, high-performance maneuvers of its two Solo pilots. The team will fly within 18 inches of each other during the Diamond 360 maneuver.
This year’s Wings Over Houston Airshow welcomes several new additions to the legendary event including the U.S. Air Force’s newest fighter aircraft, the F-22 Raptor, the U.S. Marine Corp MV-22 Osprey demonstration and the Air National Guard Flash Fire Jet Truck.
Returning favorites to the 2012 Wings Over Houston Airshow include the always-popular Tora!Tora!Tora! reenactment of the World War II air power attack on Pearl Harbor and the Commemorative Air Force’s Red Tail Project, an interactive theatre and display featuring the story of the Tuskegee Airmen. Fans will also be entertained by top-tier aerobatic performers including Sean D. Tucker and Team Oracle and Team Breitling with David Martin. The event also features military demonstrations performed by the Air Force Heritage Flight, which includes the F-4 Phantom, and demonstrations by the U.S. Coast Guard MH65C Dolphin Helicopter.
“Wings Over Houston Airshow strives to bring new, exciting world-class aviation demonstrations and exhibits each year. This year, we are especially proud to be one of the few airshows to demonstrate the F-22 Raptor,” said Bill Roach, executive director of Wings Over Houston
Tickets for the 2012 Wings Over Houston Airshow are on sale now. Advance tickets purchased after August 1 are $20 for adults, $4 for children ages 6 through 11 and free for children 5 and under. Reserved “Prime-View” seats located at the “50-yard-line” are $45 and include reserved parking and an event program. Eagle Squadron Hospitality tickets are $125 and include reserved seating, catered food and beverages throughout the day, reserved parking, a souvenir cap, program and poster. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.wingsoverhouston.com or by calling 888-4-FLYSHOW, or in regional Kroger stores starting mid-September.