In response to the difficult economy, the 2009 Commemorative Air Force (CAF) AIRSHO takes a step back in time with ticket pricing at just $15 for adults and $5 for children ages 6 to 12 (when purchased in advance). The Best Warbird Show in America will hit the skies Oct. 10-11 above Midland International Airport between Midland and Odessa, Texas. Tickets are available now at www.airsho.org.
“We are all facing tough economic times where the cost of nearly every item is increasing, but we are working to present the best air show in CAF history at reduced ticket prices this year,” said CAF President Stephan Brown. “With the support of Western National Bank and other sponsors, we want to give families an event that will be exciting and a good memory during this difficult period. In 2009, a family of four will be able to attend for only $40. No where else can you find world-class family entertainment for this price.”
For the first time, the CAF is hosting The Retro USO Show, a Saturday night USO-style show immediately following AIRSHO. Admission to the evening show will be free for those who have purchased AIRSHO tickets. Food and beverages will be available for purchase throughout the event. The Fighter and Bomber Ramps will also re-open for anyone interested in getting an up-close look at the warbirds.
AIRSHO will also feature recreated historic battles of World War II using the CAF’s collection of rare warbirds. The show will include aerial dogfights, simulated bomb explosions that rock the ground and a recreation of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor by the world-renowned Tora, Tora, Tora pilots.
For the first time, AIRSHO will also include ground force reenactments to complement the stories told by the warbirds in flight. This new dimension will give audiences a look at the trials of the American military service men and women during our country’s most turbulent times.
The 2009 event will kick-off Fri., Oct. 9 with a private Special Show for Special People and Junior Aces Show for select elementary school students. CAF has invited the fifth grade students of Howard, Midland and Ector counties to participate in this event. The CAF will work with local school officials to create an educational program for the elementary students.
For more information: 432-563-1000, www.commemorativeairforce.org or www.airsho.org