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Truckee Tahoe Airport prepping for 5th annual air festival

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The skies will be alive with fun at the July 9 air show and family festival.

TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Truckee Tahoe AirShow & Family Festival is flying into its fifth year with family filled activities and full-throttle fun.

Admission and parking are free. Mark your calendars for July 9 to experience the festival's theme "Space, Science and Beyond," an exploration into STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Keeping with this year's theme, the air show's Grand Marshal will be former NASA astronaut and retired U.S. Air Force Test Pilot, Karol "Bo" Bobko.

Col. Bobko's became a NASA astronaut in September 1969 and was a crewmember on the highly successful Skylab Medical Experiments Altitude Test (SMEAT).

The test was a 56-day ground simulation of the Skylab mission, enabling crewmen to collect medical experiments baseline data and evaluate equipment, operations and procedures. On air show day, Bobko will be giving a fascinating presentation.

Here are the top 10 things to know about this year's show:

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1. The AirShow will bring the Truckee sky alive with world-renowned performers including Spencer Suderman (Guinness World Record holder for inverted flat spins), Rich Perkins soaring full speed in the Fire Cat jet, Danny Sorenson with his own designed and built BF9-2 biplane, and Bill Braack racing his Smoke-n-Thunder Jet Car against an airplane, and much more.

2. New this year: A STEM Expo with hands-on exhibits designed in an effort to expose children and young adults to career and educational opportunities in aviation, science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

3. A Family Festival by Truckee's KidZone Museum fills the airport's lawn with families having fun. Children's activities include puppet shows, music sing-a-longs, stilt walkers, face painting, story-telling, and a spectacular view of the air show.

4. Sign-ups for free flights for kids ages 8 to 17 happen on July 9. Flights occur July 10. Experienced volunteer pilots and ground crew from the EAA Truckee Chapter 1073 Young Eagles Program bring the thrill of flight to young people.

5. For a cost, take a ride in a warbird from the Commemorative Air Force SoCal Wing or a helicopter. This just might be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. A percentage of the ride cost goes to local youth.

6. VIP Hospitality Tent Passes give guests a chance to have the best seats in the house. A pass includes a catered lunch, beer, wine, non-alcoholic beverages, shade, tables, chairs and even private restrooms. Tickets are $45 in advance and $50 the day of the show.

7. There's even a raffle for a "Living the Life" getaway package. Surf Air will fly a lucky couple to San Carlos, Calif., on one of its executive aircraft. Then the journey begins to a Bay Area location for three nights. Raffle proceeds will be donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County.

8. The Truckee Tahoe Airport District funds the operational cost of the event as a gift to the Truckee North Tahoe Community. This structure allows the three nonprofit organizations that produce the event an opportunity to raise money for local youth.

9. Volunteers from the Experimental Aircraft Association Truckee local chapter 1073, KidZone Museum and the Truckee Optimist Club donate hundreds of hours to make the festival come to life.

10. All event proceeds go to local youth. The money is raised from sponsorships, sales from vendor booths, T-shirts and raffle tickets, as well as VIP Hospitality Tent Passes and a percentage of ride fees in a warbird or helicopter.

This article was provided on behalf of the Truckee Tahoe AirShow & Family Festival. Visit TruckeeTahoeAirShow.com for full details.