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Wings Over Camarillo

Airing it out this weekend

Posted: August 17, 2012 6:00 a.m.
Updated: August 17, 2012 6:00 a.m.

The WW II flying group Checkertails will be a highlight of the air show.

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This Saturday and Sunday the popular Wings Over Camarillo air show returns to Camarillo Airport, bringing with it a thrilling and educational outing for the whole family. The expanded flight demonstration features many popular aerobatic routines with more than 80 aircraft, including vintage planes, experimental planes and WW II fighters, bombers, trainers and transports. Ground displays will include a C-130 transport, P-3C Orion, NASA F-18 and the Sonic Boom F-16 Flight Simulator.

One of the highlights will be the 67th annual reunion of the Checkertails, a legendary unit with more air victories and fewer losses than any other in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations in WW II. Their aircraft at the air show will include the P-40 Warhawk, the P-47 Thunderbolt and the P-51 Mustang. A special highlight of their reunion will be the first public showing of Part II of the world-renowned documentary of their war service history, which includes original wartime footage as well as recent interviews with living Checkertail pilots and crews.

The Wings Over Camarillo Air Show features public access to the planes, pilots and crews. Come for the day to watch and walk among the planes; take photos and ask questions of the pilots and air show volunteers. Adult admission is $15 and kids under 12 are free.

A special Aloha Chalet admission ($80) offers flight line box seats and lunch, with soft drinks, beer, ice cream and a variety of snacks all day long, in addition to relief from the heat provided by cooling fans.

On Saturday night, directly following the air show and running from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., the Commemorative Air Force hanger will be the site of a CAF Dinner Dance. The Wartime Radio Review brings you the hits of the 1930s and 1940s, interspersed with late-breaking news-stories from the war-years, some 1940-style radio commercials and several original songs. The $55 ticket price includes admission, dinner and one drink ticket.

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