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Airport AirAffair set June 24

Staff reports

Modern, experimental and vintage aircraft, classic sports cars, vintage military vehicles and equipment, live music, vendor marketplace, Kids Airspace (featuring face painters), and a carnival are only a part of the offerings available at the Truckee Tahoe Airport AirAffair, which takes place on Saturday, June 24.

Along with the aircraft viewing, the aviation festival will have numerous activities geared toward teaching children about aviation, career opportunities in aviation, and teaching both children and adults about aviation and ground equipment utilized by emergency service agencies such as the sheriff’s department, fire department, Careflight, U.S. Forest Service and the California Division of Forestry. Representatives from each of these agencies will be on hand to talk about their jobs and the equipment they use. Smokey the Bear will be in attendance as well.

Also at the AirAffair, the Young Eagles Flight Program, geared for children 8-18, will offer a free introductory course that includes a ground school session and culminates with an airplane ride.

The Young Eagles Program, which was started in 1992, has a mission to raise awareness of aviation to young people, and provide a meaningful flight experience. Since the program’s inception, more than half a million young people worldwide have experienced a Young Eagle flight. Children who participate in this program receive a certificate of participation. The Young Eagles course begins promptly at 8 a.m.

While the primary event runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., there will be events prior to and after the main aircraft viewing session. At 6 a.m., hot air balloons will make an ascent. At 8 a.m., spectators can watch the EAA Truckee Chapter 1073 fly-in. In the evening, beginning at 6:30 p.m., a USO dinner dance and hangar party takes place.

Featured at the dinner dance will be the Moonlight Swing Living History Band of World War II, a band made up of members of the US Army Air Forces Technical Training Command of WWII. Jitterbug dancers, WACs and MPs will be decked out in full regalia for this portion of the event.

While tickets for the dinner dance are sold out, attendees to the AirAffair are invited to listen to music outside the hangar. Also, the carnival will run until 11 p.m. Gate admission and parking are free. Free RV parking is available too.

The Truckee Tahoe Airport is located on Highway 267, just two miles south of Interstate 80. For information on lodging packages call Lake Tahoe Central Reservations at 800.824.6348, or visit their website at http://www.tahoefun.org.


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