Tickets go on sale Monday for second edition of AirFest

Tickets will be available beginning Monday for the second edition of the Angelina County AirFest, produced by the Lufkin Detachment Marine Corps League.

The event will take place Oct. 8 at the Angelina County Airport.

Gates will open at 9 a.m. on the show day. Ticket prices at the gate are $12 for ages 12 and up, $8 ages 6 to 11. Seniors, military, and children 5 and under are admitted free. 

Starting Monday, tickets can be purchased for $10 each at select locations around town, including the Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce office, Angelina County Airport and Austin Bank.

There will be food and commercial vendors spread across the crowd area.

“After a very successful inaugural year, the league decided to continue producing this amazing family event,” said Brian Crews, AirFest 2016 producer. “The show will open with the American flag being presented from above by the ReMax Skydivers team. Some of the best aerobatic pilots on the air show circuit will once again be performing with their highly modified aircraft thrilling the crowd.”

War birds as well as many static display aircraft will be on hand for spectators to get up close, meet the pilots and take photos. World-famous air show pilots Skip Stewart and Matt Younkin will headline this year’s show schedule. Randy Ball is back again in his Russian Mig17 fighter jet, as well as Kate Kyer in her red, white and blue Pitts Special, Air Force Major Jeremy Holt in his Steen Skybolt, Adam “Shake N Bake” Baker in his Playful Extra and Randy Henderson in the Texas T-Cart. 

New to the AirFest lineup, Crews said, is Justin Lewis flying the world’s smallest jet, the FLS Microjet. The B-25 medium bomber “Devil Dog” will make an appearance and offer rides on Oct. 7 and after the show on Oct. 8. 

The A26 Invader “Night Mission” will fly the show as well, and spectators will have an opportunity to book a ride in the aircraft. Booking information to ride in the two bombers will be available in the coming weeks, on local radio station websites and the Lufkin Detachment Marine Corps League Facebook page.

“A special re-enactment of the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor will take place with three replica aircraft like the ones used in the attack, complete with realistic pyro,” Crews said. “All veterans attending will be recognized during the show for their service to our country.” 

The Angelina County AirFest benefits the Marine Toys for Tots campaign in Angelina and Trinity counties for less-fortunate children at Christmas.

VIP sponsorships and volunteers are needed for the success of the show. For more information about becoming a sponsor or volunteer, contact Crews at 366-3013.

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