Altus AFB announces air show in May

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – The Wings of Freedom Open House and Air Show is scheduled for May 2.

Gates will open 9 a.m.  The opening ceremony starts at noon with the arrival of the American Flag parachuted in by the United States Air Force Academy's "Wings of Blue" parachute team, followed by a performance from the Fort Sill Half Section.  Admission is free.  Food/beverage/souvenir booths and children's play area will be available.

The highlight of the event is the United States Air Force Thunderbirds performance.  Other military performers scheduled to perform are the United States Air Force Academy's Wings of Blue Parachute team and Glider team, C-130J demonstration, B-1B flyover, Mobility Air Forces Heritage Flight, and Altus AFB's C-17s and KC-135s performing multiple demos (single-ship, airdrop and air refueling).

Civilian performers include the TORA TORA TORA Pearl Harbor re-enactment demonstration, Randy Ball flying his MiG-17, "Jive" Kerby in his T-33 Shooting Star, Kelly Pietrowicz flying in her Pitts S-2B, and Greg Shelton piloting his Stearman with Ashley Battles wing walking. Greg Shelton will also perform in his Grumman F4F Wildcat.  Completing the day's performances will be the Cavanaugh Flight Museum's C-7 Caribou, C-47 Skytrain and AD-5 Skyraider.

Planned static displays consist of almost every aircraft in the United States Air Force inventory, plus additional civilian aircraft.  Also on display will be aircraft from the United States Navy and Marine Corps, plus United States Army helicopters, Humvees, rocket systems and artillery.

Small backpacks/diaper bags, strollers and foldable chairs will be allowed.  Weapons, coolers and pets will not be allowed.  This spectacular event is open to all. However, to facilitate traffic flow, Department of Defense ID card holders may access through the main gate on Falcon Road.  Those without DoD ID cards may access the base via the south gate (located off U.S. Highway 62). Vehicles will be checked by the 97th Security Forces Squadron.

For more information, visit and click on the 2010 Wings of Freedom Open House and Air Show.