There was lots of excitement in the sky at the Apple Valley Airport on October 18, as warbirds, aerobatics, skydivers and radio-controlled planes flew over the desert.
The Apple Valley Airshow kicked off with the National Anthem, sung by the Hi Country Harmonaires, followed by the Just In Time Skydivers. The event was held at the Apple Valley Airport on October 18, with a large crowd turning out to watch the performances.
Next up were Dave Mathieson in his MX2 and Jon Melby in his S2B Pitts bi-plane doing freestyle maneuvers. These acts were followed by radio controlled aircraft demonstrations.
Rob Harrison “The Tumbling Bear” started flying at the age of sixwith his dad, and was doing aerobatics by age 13. Now at 73, he’s been an airshow attraction for 20 years. He flies a bright yellow Zlin 50, and does all kinds of stunts including flying upside down and tumbling free-falls.
John Cullver flew his North American T6- SNJ War Dog, built in 1944, doing loops and rolls to the sounds of patriotic military tunes.
Tim Just, a third generation pilot who grew up in Southern California, keeps his homebase at the Apple Valley Airport. He wowed the crowd with aerobatic maneuvers in his Extra 300.
There were displays including aircraft from the Planes of Fame Museum, exhibits by law enforcement and other groups with helicopters and other aircraft.
Vendors sold all kinds of aviation souvenirs, toys, information, food and beverages. A kid’s zone offered bunji bounce rides, and there were tethered hot-air balloon rides.
Attendees could meet the pilots, get autographs and ask questions.
For more info on this annual event go to www.sbcountywings.com