PHOTOS: Truckee air show propels aviation interest among young and old |

PHOTOS: Truckee air show propels aviation interest among young and old

Margaret Moran

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Looking skyward, people of all ages watched as various aircraft performed dives, spins and loops at the Truckee Tahoe AirShow & Family Festival on Saturday.

“There is nothing cooler than an air show,” said Reno resident Chad Feller, who attended the event at Truckee Tahoe Airport with his two children. “… There is something powerful about hearing the roar of the engines. I just love planes, so I just want to impart part of that same passion to my kids.”

On the ground, children had an opportunity to get inside the cockpits of displayed airplanes and helicopters, with pilots on hand to answer questions.

“All kids love airplanes and helicopters whether (they) are aspiring to be a pilot or not,” said Truckee resident Brit Crezee. “It’s awesome. There just aren’t events like this. There’s the (Reno) air races, but it’s not this hands-on, where the kids can climb on the planes and engage with the pilots.”

World War II triple ace fighter pilot Col. Clarence “Bud” Anderson, the event’s grand marshal, shared stories of his time in the cockpit.

“It’s multi-generational, and I think it’s good for (youth) to co-mingle with the veterans and learn about what they went through and just to see the pride that they have,” Crezee said. “The pride they have in the planes and the culture — aviation culture is exciting.”

Saturday’s air show attracted hundreds of people, who got to see the Red Star Formation Team demonstrate precision flying; Ukraine native and Canadian resident Anna Serbinenko perform an aerobatic routine set to music; and Guinness World Record holder for inverted flat spins, Spencer Suderman, perform his signature move.

“We are veterans of Fleet Week from San Francisco, and I think this was as good as seeing the Blue Angels in a way because you’re closer, it’s more intimate and not as crowded,” said Larry Boushey, of Morgan Hill, Calif., who attended with his family.

This marked the fourth annual Truckee Tahoe AirShow & Family Festival, an event that was revived in 2012 after a 16-year hiatus.

All event proceeds will go to support local youth organizations; the past three shows have raised more than $140,000.