Heber Airshow on approach
July 5, 2006
The Heber Valley Airshow will take place Saturday, July 8 at 10 a.m. at Heber City Airport/Russ McDonald Field. This year’s show is expected to draw almost 10,000 spectators to the Heber Valley. Proceeds will benefit the Heber Valley Aero Museum and the Commemorative Air Force.
The show will be dedicated to Burnis Watts, a WWII glider pilot and local veteran who recently passed away. Gates will open at 9 a.m., admission is $5 for adults and children are free. For more information, call (435) 640-6806 and to make a donation or to volunteer call (435) 657-0755.
Featured Airshow Performers:
Radio Control Aircraft flown by Wasatch Modelers Remote Control Club (WMRCC)
The WMRCC was founded in October 2002 with six members. Today it has about 50 members and associates from the Heber Valley and surrounding communities. Club members enjoy promoting, building, and flying radio control model aircraft of all types. They are an important resource to Scout leaders for aviation and model building activities. WMRCC members fly mainly from Craig Keyser’s private runway at the junction of Mill Road and from the old U.S. 40 below the Jordanell Dam. The club offers free flight instruction.
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Bambi Knight is a regular performer at the Heber Valley Airshow. She is a member of the only all-women’s skydiving demonstration team in the world The Misty Blues. For over 17 years The Misty Blues have performed all around the world. Knight has over 3000 jumps and holds several records.
Commemorative Air Force Stearman N2S-5
The WWII Biplane primary trainer was manufactured in 1943 and now modified with P&W R-985, 450 HP engine. Approximately 10,000 were built. This aircraft is assigned to the Utah wing of the Commemorative Air Force.
Sensa Sailplane Magic Grobe G-103
Sky Sailing Inc Warner Springs is home to the Sensa Sailplane Magic Air Show Team a family-oriented air show team since 1979. Bret is the pilot, wife Karen is the tow plane pilot, son Garret provides narration and son Boyd is the co-tow pilot. Sensa Sailplane Magic is a German-made Grob G-103 Acro sailplane. It has two seats and is the handicapped trainer. Magic is the pride of the fleet. It’s wingspan is 57 1/4 feet and weighs 900 pounds.
American Airlines DC3
The collaboration between American Airlines and Douglas Aircraft Company proved invaluable in the ultimate design of the venerable Douglas DC-3. The DC-3 transcended traditional obstacles of distance, geography and geopolitical borders. Without the DC-3 forming the foundation of the early airline industry, who knows where American Airlines, or air travel in general, would be today?
This particular aircraft was manufactured by Douglas at its Santa Monica, California facility in 1937. It was assigned serial number 1920, and factory number 45. Upon completion, it was delivered to American Airlines as a model DC-3 G102, and assigned the registration number of NC17334. Listed as American Airlines’ Flight Number 34, it was christened "Flagship Detroit". Today, the Flagship Detroit is the oldest DC-3 still flying. The airplane had a complete overhaul in 1986, which included the repair or replacement of every major component.
Douglas A-1E "Skyraider."
The history of the Skyraider began during WWII when Douglas submitted a design to the U.S. Navy for the XBT2D-1 as a replacement for the famous SBD dive-bomber. The result was a new airplane designated as the "AD" which made its first flight on March 18, 1945. For the next 12 years there was constant improvement on the airplane up through the AD-7, and 3,180 Skyraiders were delivered to the Navy, many of which were used during the Korean War. In 1963, the U.S. Air Force began a program to modify the AD-5 Skyraider for service in Vietnam and redesignated it the A-1E. Because of its ability to carry large bomb loads, absorb heavy ground fire, and fly for long periods at low altitude, the A-1E was particularly suited for close-support missions.
This new breed of Pitts Specials has brought trumpets into the aerobatic box, heralding a new athleticism, a sinuous grace, a vibrant form of aerobatic energy. For contests, airshows, training, or pure excitement the Pitts S-2C sizzles and dazzles. Vertical lines are where the S-2C beats them all. You won’t believe the kind of hang time that’s possible in an S-2C. After improving the wing tip shape, flattening the belly, improving the engine cowling and redesigning the windshield, this model cruises 15 mph faster than the earlier model. Precision point rolls are possible at any speed thanks to the new wings and world-class stick centering. The new aerodynamic vertical and horizontal tails make maneuvering in any direction a snap.
The CJ6 is the Red Chinese Air Force’s advanced aerobatic/formation trainer and light ground attack aircraft. It was designed and produced solely in the People’s Republic of China. Production began in 1960 with over 3,000 built to date. They are still being produced. The aircraft is made of all aluminum frame construction, flush rivets, stressed skin and fabric control surfaces. An on-board air compressor charges a pneumatic system which operates gear, flaps, brakes and engine starting.
Grumman F4F Wildcat
One of the first monoplanes to fly from U.S. carrier decks, the Grumman naval fighter became one of the most successful, in the hands of Butch O’Hare, Joe Foss, Marion Carl, and other great pilots. Grumman’s stubby, rugged fighter held the line against the Zeros in the early air battles over Guadalcanal and in the 1942 carrier battles of the Coral Sea, Midway, and the Eastern Solomons. In pure performance, the Zero outclassed the F4F, but with its tough construction and well-trained pilots using appropriate tactics, the Wildcat prevailed. Later in the war, the FM-2, an Eastern-produced version of the Wildcat, flew from escort carriers.
Zlin 50LX – N6660K was manufactured in Czech Republic by Moravan Aeroplanes, one of the oldest and most famous sport aviation factories in the world. The aircraft is powered by a modified Lycoming AEI0-540-B4D5, of more than 325 horsepower, driving a special composite constant-speed propeller designed and built by Whirlwind Propeller of El Cajon, Calif. The Zlin is of all-metal construction, and utilizes many different thicknesses of aluminum sheet, as well as titanium landing gear, to achieve light weight along with incredible strength. It’sWing span is 28 feet with a Length of 22 feet. It weighs 1,250 pounds and has a top speed of 250 miles per hour.
TBM Avenger – WWII Navy Torpedo Bomber
The 1942 battle of Midway found American forces struggling to hold onto their island airbase as they looked into the growing Japanese supremacy in the Pacific. On the 4th of June the U.S. Navy used six of their newest weapons in their effort to defend Midway from invasion by the Japanese fleet. VT-8, or Torpedo Squadron 8, aboard the USS Hornet, consisted of 15 TBD Devastators, 1930s vintage torpedo bombers with two-man crews. On the way were six brand new TBF Avengers, just delivered from Grumman Aircraft. They had never been used in combat before, and their crews had just finished training. When the U.S. fleet found the Japanese, VT-8 was told to arm and launch every aircraft they had. The six crews on Midway were told to "meet us over the target." The Avenger’s first mission was going to be a baptism by fire. Torpedo Squadron 8 arrived over the enemy fleet without any fighter protection. They attacked the Japanese carriers alone, pitting their slow bombers against the nimble Zeros. All 16 TBDs from the Hornet were shot down, only one man surviving. Of the six new TBFs from Midway, only one returned, badly damaged, with one crewman dead and the other two both wounded. It was an inauspicious combat debut for the TBF, but the enemy lost three carriers that day, with another badly damaged. For the first time since starting its offensive in December, the Japanese fleet had been turned back from its objective. The United States had begun the long fight back. This was also the type of aircraft President George H. Bush flew in WWII 58 combat missions.
S.R. 189 will be closed from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 8. Rides on the DC-3 and other aircraft are available for purchase. Call 435.640.6806 for more information or to purchase a ride.