Air Festival Set for Sept. 10-11

The fourth annual Cape Air Kirksville Regional Air Festival will take place Sept. 10-11 at the Kirksville Regional Airport, located seven miles south of Kirksville on Highway 63. The title sponsor this year is Cape Air, the airline that provides three round-trip flights to St. Louis daily.

The Air Show takes place at 2 p.m. Sept. 11. Air Show performances include an A-10 Thunderbolt West Demonstration Team, a North American P-51D Mustang, and a wing walker among others.

Gates open at 10 a.m. Sept. 10 and admission is free. On Sept. 11 gates will open at 8 a.m. with cost of admission $10 per person or $30 per carload. Children 5 and under are admitted free.

On both days airplane and helicopter rides are available for $35. Tandem Skydiving is also available on Saturday and Sunday for $225. Call 665.9764 to reserve a tandem. A Kids Zone will be provided for children including free all-day play on inflatables. Food vendors will also be available at the festival.

The Air Show will begin with Commemorative Ceremony honoring those who died during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. The Truman State University Brass Choir, conducted by Gregory Jones, will provide live music. The ceremony will end with the release of 3,000 red, white, and blue helium balloons.

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

The Kirksville Regional Air Festival is not-for-profit and donates proceeds each year to a local organization. This year some of the proceeds will go to FLATS and some will go to the Kirksville Regional Airport for new furniture for the terminal.

Tickets are available at Kirksville Chamber of Commerce and at the gate. For more information, visit

The Air Festival is co-sponsored by the Kirksville Airport Association and the City of Kirksville.