Rocky Mountain Airshow takes off next week

The Rocky Mountain Airshow, set for Aug. 24-26, at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport in Broomfield, Colorado, promises to be bigger than ever this year with the addition of hot air balloons and the expansion of the kid-friendly Adventure Zone.

Kirby Chambliss

“We are thrilled to bring the most sought after aerobatic performers to Denver this year,” stated Jim Cimiluca, chairman. “Kirby Chambliss is a five-time U.S. National Aerobatic Champion and two-time Red Bull Air Race World Champion. We are also proud to be selected by a very exclusive team as one of only 20 events worldwide to host the USAF F-22 Raptor. Performances by other military demo teams have fallen victim to tough budget cuts. It’s very possible this may be the only chance we get to see the world’s air dominance leader perform for us in Denver.”

F-22 Raptor

The all new Rocky Mountain BalloonFest, in conjunction with the airshow, brings hot air balloons back to Denver with a Friday night glow and morning sunrise launches and features the first appearance of the Planet Earth balloon, as well as the popular Smokey Bear balloon.

Airshow performers scheduled to appear include: USAFA Wings of Blue Parachute Demo, Rocky Mountain Renegades, Don Nelson, Matt Tanner, Dan Buchanan, USAFA Glider Demo, Gary Rower, Melissa & Rex Pemberton, Red Stars, Don Nelson/Matt Tanner, Mark Johnson/Roy Halladay, Pyro the Jet Truck, Kent Pietsch, Trojan Phlyers, Kirby Chambliss, and the F-22 Raptor/Heritage Flight.

The 10th annual airshow kicks off with the Friday night twilight air show followed by the hot air balloon glow and then fireworks presented by Webroot Security. The AdventureZone kid’s area will showcase numerous activities and hands-on projects while emphasizing the importance of STEM curricula. Hundreds of aircraft from across the country will also be on site for the 33rd annual Rocky Mountain Regional Fly-in held in conjunction with the airshow.

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