SANTA BARBARA AIRPORT PRESENTS 'WINGS OF GOLD: 1942-1992,'
FIFTH ANNUAL AIRPORT DAY
SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The Santa Barbara Airport has begin revving its engines for "Wings of Gold," Airport Day 1992 -- a day to commemorate 50 years of the Santa Barbara Airport's history from 1942 to 1992. Airport Day will be held from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., performances beginning at 1 p.m., on Oct. 17. Admission is $2, ages 12 and up.
This year's event will have many aerobatic demonstrations, formation fly-bys and displays of warbirds, experimental aircraft, antiques and "top gun" military aircraft. The airport grounds will be filled with "hands-on" aviation exhibits, a "theater of flight," a children's art exhibit, bomber swing rides and airplane and helicopter rides. Food booths and concession stands will make it a festive, all-day entertainment spot for the whole family.
Specific acts will include:
-- The A-10 Thunderbolt II. The A-10 is presently operational with the tactical Air Forces in the United States, Europe and Korea. The A-10, having great endurance and an excellent combat radius, was first used in combat during Operation Desert Storm;
-- F117 Stealth Fighter. Flown by pilots of the Tactical Air Command's 37th Tactical Fighter Wing at Tonopah Test Range Air Field, Nev., this single-seat fighter is designed to penetrate dense threat environments and attack high-value targets with pinpoint accuracy;
-- The Delfin L-29 will be on display and is a one M-701 turbojet engine with a centrifugal compressor and single-stage turbine. It has a maximum speed at 16,400 feet of 423 mph. The average cost of this plane is $150,000;
-- Joann Osterud. One of the most daring aerobatic pilots in the country, Osterud will be demonstrating the skill which recently enabled her to break two world records. In 1989, Osterud shattered the women's and men's record for continuous outside loops;
-- Jim Modes. Flying his North American AT-6, Modes is a veteran to air shows as well as to World War II. Modes performs basic military maneuvers which were taught to him during his military fighter pilot training. However, Modes has polished the military maneuvers into a graceful aerobatic performance at daring altitudes just above ground;
-- Wayne Handley. Handley's aerobatic ability has earned him the title of California's Unlimited Aerobatic Champion not once, but three times. He has since become the world record holder for inverted flat spins, having completed a total of 67 consecutive turns;
-- Katrina Marie Mumaw. A 9-year-old Air Combat U.S.A Ace, life member, Edwards Air Force Base F.T.H.F. and life member of Friend of American Fighter Aces Foundation, Mumaw's goal is to be an Air Force test pilot and astronaut. This September, she started the fourth grade. She flies air combat missions regularly and has an incredible 59 victories flying against professional adult pilots, many of them U.S. Air Force;
-- Jim Lasley. Lasley started getting active in aviation in 1946 but actually began flying at the age of 12. In 1950, Lasley served in the Army Air Liaison in Korea, flying 27 combat missions over enemy territory. Lasley, known as the "King of Comedy" in aviation, delights and thrills audiences of all ages;
-- Eric Newman. Newman flies for motion pictures and television, rigging special stunts. Newman started his aviation career more than 14 years ago. He has flown aerobatics for 10 years, piloting more than 40 different types of aircraft. His background includes being a commercial pilot, skywriting and air show pilot; and
-- Capt. Tom K. Harris Jr, a professional air show announcer, will keep the crowd "on target" with the events happening on the ground and in the air. Harris has 35 years of flying experience as a commercial pilot and an extensive resume. Among his achievements: search and rescue pilot for the Civil Air Patrol; aerobatic competition pilot; Air Force Association chapter president; Air Force Korean War veteran; member of the International Council of Air Shows; International Aerobatic Club; Aircraft Owners Association; and National Aeronautics Association.
The Santa Barbara Airport is conveniently located 10 minutes north of downtown Santa Barbara. Take the 101 freeway north to the Fairview offramp. Go toward the beach to Hollister Avenue and make a right and follow the Airport Day signs to Airport Day.
/CONTACT: Peggy Hicks-Moore of the PHM Communications, 805-685-1614, or 805-967-7111, ext. 292, for the Santa Barbara Airport/ CO: Santa Barbara Airport ST: California IN: AIR SU:
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