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Air Show 2014
The on and off status between the Exchange Club of Redding’s Air Show 2014 and the Canadian Forces Snowbirds is back in the on position.
Show organizers received e-mail confirmation Wednesday from the Royal Canadian Air Force that Redding was back on the Canadian jet demo team’s schedule.
“We are thrilled to have the Snowbirds,” said Bill Wagner, chairman of the show. “We have a top-notch show planned. However, we know our fans really want a jet team to headline the show.”
Tickets will go on sale March 17 at www.reddingairshow.org. The show is set for Sept. 27-28 at the Redding Municipal Airport.
This will mark the 19th time in the past 21 shows that a jet team has flown in Redding.
“That’s a record that not many shows — large or small — can claim,” Wagner said.
It has been a roller coaster ride for the Redding show. The Snowbirds announced in December 2012 that Redding was on the 2014 schedule and posted that schedule again at the International Council of Air Shows Convention this past December in Las Vegas. Then the Canadian Air Force warned that the schedule was under review because of budget constraints. That review led to Redding and four other U.S. shows being dropped in late January.
The Canadian Forces did agree to send their F-18 fighter demo to Redding in place of the Snowbirds.
The schedule was revised yet again with the Wednesday (Feb. 26) announcement that the Snowbirds would honor the commitment made to Redding.
In addition to the Canadian demo team and the F-18 jet, the Redding show will feature:
- Julie Clark in her signature patriotic salute in her vintage T-34
- Greg Colyer in his vintage T-33 “Ace Maker” Korean War era jet
- John Collver will fly his “War Dog” AT-6
- The DAV B-25 “Old Glory”
- A WWII era Navy Hellcat
- A Japanese Zero
- Jacquie Warda in her high-performance Extra-300.
- Steve Stavrakakis returning to announce the show.
The Veterans Salute, which debuted in 2011, will return. Once again, veterans’ organizations will have booths on the tarmac, offering services and information. The vintage car display, which also made its debut at the 2011 show, is going to expand to a 30-classic car event.
The family-oriented, community service event has generated more than $1 million in donations. It also provides an economic boost to the community worth more than $1 million dollars each time it is held.