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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
Airshow. “We appreciate our loyal volunteers, sponsors, fans, performers and members of the media as the event could not be a success without each and every one of you.”
Other highlights of the 2012 Wings Over Houston Airshow include the “Legends & Heroes Autograph Tent,” 6th Cavalry Historical Association, Military Museum of Texas, interactive NASA display, a children’s area including a rock wall, a mechanical bull and exhilarating Aircraft M-4 simulator rides.
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.
Parking at Ellington Airport is extremely limited so the complimentary bus transportation is recommended. Also, construction at FM1959 & Hwy 45 may not be complete by the airshow weekend; check our website for updates on entry into Ellington. Bus shuttles run from Bay Area Park and Ride (801 Bay Area Blvd), Fuqua Park and Ride (11755 Sabo Road) and South Point Park and Ride (12410 Kurland). Shuttles run from 7:30 a.m. until 6 p.m., with the last shuttle inbound to EllingtonAirport departing at 2:30 p.m. The shuttle service is free with proof of ticket purchase.
2012 Wings Over Houston Airshow sponsors include Bud Light, Texas Bay Area Credit Union, Bay Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, Chrysler, The family of Hugh W. O’Donnell, RE/MAX of Texas and Coca-Cola. Promotional and logistical support partners include 89.3 KSBJ/NGEN, Hangar Talk 950am, Houston Aeros, Radio Disney 1590 am, Royal Purple Raceway, Kroger, The University of Texas Medical Branch, Greensheet, The Bay Area’s wiredin.cc Talk of the Bay Online Magazine, the cities of League City, Nassau Bay, Webster, and Houston Airport System.
About Wings Over Houston Airshow
Wings Over Houston Airshow is a non-profit 501(c)(3) community event produced by a volunteer effort of the Gulf Coast Wing and Houston Wing of the Commemorative Air Force, with support from the Lone Star Flight Museum in Galveston, Texas Flying Legends Museum, Vietnam War Flight Museum, Lewis Air Legends and Collings Foundation West. The Airshow is dedicated to showcasing vintage World War II aircraft, along with the thrills of modern aviation. One of the top air shows in the United States in its category, the Wings Over Houston Airshow attracts more than 85,000 festival goers throughout Houston as well as from around the globe. The 2012 Airshow benefits the Wings Over Houston Airshow Scholarship Program, Aviation Career Education Academy, Exchange Club of Sugar Land, Westchase Rotary Club and the Commemorative Air Force aircraft restoration and flying historical programs, in addition to numerous other nonprofit organizations.