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Two local air shows in the next two weekends

The dare in the air

Posted: August 13, 2010 6:00 a.m.
Updated: August 13, 2010 6:00 a.m.

Rob Harrison, "The Tumbling Bear," will be flying aerobatics in his Zlin 50LS at both the Santa Paula and Camarillo air shows.

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If you are a pilot, air show aficionado, flight enthusiast or merely like to "Oooo" and "Ahhh," your next two weekends are already planned for you. Two thrilling air shows are on tap: this weekend in Santa Paula, and next weekend in Camarillo.

Legends of flight and aerobatics will perform at either one or both shows, including, among others, Rob Harrison, "The Tumbling Bear" (Zlin 50LS, both shows); Dr. Frank Donnelly, "Dr. D" (Taylorcraft, Santa Paula, ); Clay Lacy (Lear Jet, Santa Paula); Sam Mason (glider, Santa Paula); Chris Olmstead (Pitts, Santa Paula); John Collver (War Dog, Camarillo); and Chuck Aaron (helicopter, Camarillo).

There will be fly-bys, dog fights, formation flights, helicopter water drops, and displays of experimental, military and vintage aircraft on the ground. Food and other vendors will be on hand and there will be plenty of activities for children.

So bring the family, your hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, comfortable shoes, portable chairs and blankets, bottled water, binoculars and cameras - and see, firsthand, what all the excitement is about.

Santa Paula Airport Air Show

Saturday, Aug. 14 and Sunday, Aug. 15. Gates open at 9 a.m. and the last scheduled event is the parachute jump at 2:30 p.m.

Where: Santa Paula Airport, Santa Paula, CA - just south of Highway 126, between the 10th Street and Palm Street exits

What: Activities are planned throughout the day, kicking off with a parachute jump team; Rob Harrison, "The Tumbling Bear," flying extreme aerobatics in his bright yellow Zlin 50LS; Clay Lacy in the only aerobatics Lear 24 Jet seen at air shows; Sam Mason doing glider aerobatics, Darin Moody, Great Lakes Aerobatics; Seamus McCaughley flying aerobatics in the blue Christian Eagle; Chris Olmsted doing aerobatics in the Pitts; a dog fight with a Hellcat and a Zero; Ventura County Helicopter water drop demonstration; Dan Gray, legend - plus military fly-bys and more. There will be vendors and activities for children throughout the day.

How: Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children. Children under 7 and adults with active military I.D. are free. To pre-purchase tickets e-mail For information and directions call (805) 933-1155 or visit

2010 Wings over Camarillo

Saturday, Aug. 21 and Sunday, Aug. 22, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Camarillo Airport, 555 airport Way, Camarillo, CA 93010

What: This will be an expanded flight demonstration program, featuring aerobatic performances and including flights by experimental and classic planes and the ever-popular war birds. The ground portion of the event will feature activities and entertainment for the whole family and more planes to examine. There will be a variety of vendors of food, drink and aviation themed items, and on Saturday there will be a special Wartime Radio Review, directly following the air show, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Review tickets $35).

How: Air show tickets are $10 for adults and children 12 and older. Children 11 and under are free. Tickets at the gate are cash-only, no checks or credit cards. Visit  for more information and to order tickets online. 








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