It's a Bird, It's a Place, It's a Mickey Mouse Balloon?

We have had some fabulous weather here lately. After the terribly hot, dry summer we had this year it is finally a pleasure to be outside.  So, in celebration of the beautiful blue sky I decided this week to highlight some skyward events. I want to highly recommend air shows to you. I have had many hours of joy over many years attending them. My appreciation stems back to the days of taking my young children who were fascinated with airplanes to not too long ago with friends on the beach in Fort Lauderdale. It’s wonderful to soaking up both the sunshine and the air show at the same time.

I have attended many of these over the years and I have never been disappointed, unless of course it rains, sigh. But looking skyward today, I cannot even think of rain. One of my favorite stories of air shows I have attended is the Chicago Air and Sea Show. Many years ago, and I will not go into exactly how many, I was in Chicago for this show. Our team was all staying in the McCormick Hotel right along Lake Michigan. It was not only beautiful, it offered magnificent panoramic views of the Chicago skyline and the waterfront. While there, one of our crew became ill so I decided to keep them company and we watched the show from the hotel.  From our vantage point, jets literally flew right by the windows. I am sure they would have flown through the room had the windows been open. It was a spectacular experience. Short of being a pilot in the cockpit, was the best seat anyone could ever have at an air show.

I also added two events to slow things down a little; two really great hot air balloon events. Unlike the high speed of jets at the air shows they float more then they fly. Gliding along like colorful and graceful eagles, they signify to me, skyward adventure in exquisite slow motion.

Either way you go, fast and furious or slow and graceful, you cannot go wrong this week with the adventures in the sky. I know that this time of year, you will enjoy getting out and participating in events of all kind this week. If there isn’t anything on this list in your area, please use the search box at  to find events in your backyard! No matter what you do, make sure you share it with someone so you can make great memories together.

Fairchild AFB Skyfest

Sep 22, 2012 – Sep 23, 2012

Fairchild Air Force Base Fairchild AFB, WA US 99011

Since 1947, a display of military and vintage aircraft both on and off the ground, plus other entertainment and food. A great educational experience for all ages.
40,000 Attendees

West Star Aviation Air Show

Sep 21, 2012 – Sep 23, 2012

Walker Field-Grand Junction Regional Airport Grand Junction, CO US 81506

US Navy Blue Angels Demo Team will perform along with many great air performers. Featuring Dan Buchanan air shows, Rower airshows and Wild Horse aviation, Black Daggers Parachute team, Bill Leff, Misty Blues All woman Skydiving team and so much more.

California International Air Show

Sep 22, 2012 – Sep 23, 2012

Municipal Airport Salinas, CA US 93905

Since 1981, fireworks and pyrotechnic extravaganza featuring military air acts, ground acts, breathtaking fireworks and the wall of fire, military demonstrations, fly- bys, war birds, plus military and civilian static displays.
80,000 Attendees

Plano Balloon Festival

Sep 21, 2012 – Sep 23, 2012

Oak Point Park Plano, TX US 75074

One of the largest balloon festivals in Texas, featuring balloon launches in the morning and afternoon, kids’ fun zone, all kinds food, concerts on Friday and Saturday nights and community entertainment throughout the day, balloons galore with exhibits, music and displays.
10,000 Attendees

Burlington – Southeast Iowa Air Show

Sep 21, 2012 – Sep 22, 2012

Southeast Iowa Regional Airport Burlington, IA US 52601

Get ready for the excitement of the first night air show in Southeast Iowa. On Friday evening, the skies over Southeast Iowa Regional Airport will be lit up with dazzling performers and spectacular fireworks in a unique preview to the main air show the next day. See the fireball from jet powered vehicles as they race down the runway. Then on Saturday, the day will start with a special Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast, followed with activities and fun for the entire family. The evening will be topped off with a 1940’s Big Band Hangar Dance and Show. Free parking. 

Dulles Day Airport Festival

Sep 22, 2012

Washington Dulles International Airport Dulles, VA US 20166

Dulles Day includes aircraft on display, a car show, live musical entertainment, food, beverages, games, activities for children and a raffle to win free tickets on various airlines. The centerpiece of the day is the Plane Pull, where teams of twenty people pull a 150,000 pound aircraft 12 feet in a timed competition.

Duluth Air and Aviation Expo

Sep 22, 2012 – Sep 23, 2012

Duluth International Airport Duluth, MN US 55811

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds headline this airshow. In addition, there will be all types of aviation displays, and planes on exhibit.
50,000 Attendees

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Wendover Airfield Airshow

Sep 22, 2012

Wendover Airfield Wendover, UT US 84043

The thrills and chills of the airshow over Wendover field will excite visitors. Military aircraft, vintage aircraft, aerobatic demos, wing walkers and more. It will be another fabulous year of family fun! Don’t miss our exciting mix of performers and static aircraft. Don’t forget your lawn chairs and sunscreen!

Adirondack Balloon Festival

Sep 20, 2012 – Sep 23, 2012

Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport Queensbury, NY US 12804

Since 1972. Balloon Festival with 100’s of balloons, including special shapes.
75,000 Attendees

Flying Circus Airshow

Sep 23, 2012

Flying Circus Aerodome Bealeton, VA US 22712

Barnstorming pilots in antique flying machines perform precision aerobatics. Plus wingwalking, skydiving and hot air ballooning.

Lake of the Ozarks Air Show

Sep 22, 2012

Camdenton Memorial Airport Camdenton, MO US 65020

The air show will see a salute to our military and the return of the B-25 Bomber, Team Vortex Air Show, the Ping Pong Ball Drop as well as new acts KC Flight Formation Team, Dave Dacy Air Show and Wing Walker, and Jet Truck racing. Free Admission and Parking, Military Fly Overs, Vintage WWII B-25 Mitchell, Skydivers, Static Displays, Kids Ping Pong Ball Drop, Aeorcraft Rides, 300 MPH Jet Truck/ Aerobatic Performances, Wing Walking Performances, Salute to Veterans Breakfast/, Food, Beverage and Merchandise Vendors.

Cocoa Beach Air Show

Sep 22, 2012 – Sep 23, 2012

Cocoa Beach Waterfront Cocoa Beach, FL US 32931

This year’s event will feature full the most extreme and diverse line up of military and civilian aircraft in the nation headlined by the F-22 Raptor and V-22 Osprey Demos! The Black Diamond Jet Team will soar once again over the ocean at the Cocoa Beach Air Show. Look for the most extreme maneuvers ever in their new performance as part of The Year of Extreme Flight in Cocoa Beach.

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