Air Festival Set for Sept. 11-12

The third annual Kirksville Regional Air Festival will take place Sept. 11-12 at the Kirksville Regional Airport, located a few miles south of Kirksville on Hwy 63. Depot Inn & Suites of La Plata, Mo., is this year’s title sponsor.

The Air Show takes place at 2 p.m. Sept. 12. Air show performances include an A-10 Thunderbolt East Demonstration Team and a North American P-51 Mustang, among others.

Also part of this year’s show is a “Heritage Flight,” which serves as a salute to veterans and current military with aircraft representing each era. Gates open at 9 a.m. Sept. 11 and 8 a.m. Sept. 12. Admission is $10/person or $30/carload. Children 5 and under are admitted free. Each person will receive a wristband at the time of admission, which grants access to both days of the festival.

Throughout the weekend there will be airplane, helicopter and glider rides, as well as tandem skydiving. Cape Air is offering free airplane rides to the first 100 people on Sept. 12.

Truman faculty member Randy Smith serves as the Air Festival director and spends much of his summer organizing the festival and working with sponsors.

The Kirksville Regional Air Festival is not-for-profit and donates proceeds each year to a local organization. This year’s recipient organization is the Rotary Club of Kirksville. In previous years, the Air Festival has also supported Habitat for Humanity and Hospice.

Many in the Truman community volunteer during the fair, including members of Phi Mu Alpha, Sigma Alpha Iota, Alpha Phi Omega and Truman’s basic aviation class. Members of the Kirksville Rotary Club also volunteer their time.

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