Fair Saint Louis Announces Program Details for Boeing Air Show
Features five air shows and spectacular aerial performances
July 4, 5 & 6 at Gateway Arch National Park
ST. LOUIS (JUNE 26, 2019) — Fair Saint Louis reveals program details for the 2019 Boeing Air Show, which returns to Gateway Arch National Park July 4, 5 & 6.
Highlights of the show include demonstration flights by the extraordinary tiltrotor Boeing V-22 Osprey, the fearsome Northrop Grumman A-10 Thunderbolt II, the mighty Lockheed C-130 Hercules and the classic McDonnell Douglas T-45, as well as aerial performances by the Aeroshell Aerobatic Team, the United States Army Golden Knights and many more.
“Nothing says patriotism more than watching the skillful performances of the Boeing Air Show from under the tallest monument in America: the Gateway Arch,” said David Estes, general chairman of Fair Saint Louis 2019. “We are proud to work alongside the National Park Service in ensuring our air shows create lasting memories for our fairgoers. We are very excited for this talented lineup of aerial performances to take to the skies at the best venue in the country.”
The Boeing Air Show performances are as follows:
- Thursday, July 4: 12:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
- Friday, July 5: 5:00 p.m.
- Saturday, July 6: 12:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Performers include but are not limited to (subject to change and in no particular order):
- Boeing V-22 Osprey: The Boeing V-22 Osprey is an American multi-mission, tiltrotor military aircraft with both vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) and short takeoff and landing (STOL) capabilities. It is designed to combine the functionality of a conventional helicopter with the long-range, high-speed cruise performance of a turboprop aircraft.
- United States Army Golden Knights: The Golden Knights are the U.S. Army’s official aerial parachute demonstration team comprised of elite volunteers from all branches of the Army. Each air show will begin with a colorful and patriotic presentation of the American flag as the team jumps from its Fokker 27 to a landing on the Gateway Arch grounds.
- Lockheed C-130 Hercules: This remarkable military transport aircraft has been in continuous production for 60 years, making it the longest continuously produced military plane in history. With four turboprop engines, it is capable of using unprepared runways for takeoffs and landings, and is large enough to transport troops, equipment and cargo, often in challenging conditions. The versatile airframe has been used as a gunship, an aerial refueling tanker and an airborne assault platform. It is now the main tactical airlifter for many military forces worldwide.
- Aeroshell Aerobatic Team (July 4th only): The North American AT-6 was first introduced in 1938 and became the primary training aircraft for World War II fighter pilots who went on to fly famous aircraft like the F4U Corsair, P-51 Mustang and P-40 Warhawk for the U.S. Army Air Corps. The award-winning Aeroshell team is internationally renowned for flying 4-aircraft precision formations, where distance between wingtips may be as tight as 3 feet. The maneuverability of the planes and the roar of their 600 horsepower engines make Aeroshell an air show favorite.
- Joe “Rifle” Shetterly in the RV-8 (July 4th only): Joe is the United States Air Force’s former A-10 Thunderbolt II Demonstration Pilot whose aerobatic skills are on display when he flies the RV-8, the most popular home-built plane in America.
- Scott “Scooter” Yoak in the P-51D Mustang: The P-51D Quick Silver, also known as “The Resurrected Veteran,” celebrates our nation’s armed forces. Each feature of this famous World War II aircraft represents and honors those who have served our country and who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Father and son team Bill and Scott “Scooter” Yoak of West Virginia spent 13 years meticulously working to make the P-51D Mustang a reality.
- Kevin Coleman: The Extra 300 SHP has a roll rate of 400 degrees per second and +/-10g capabilities. Flown by a second-generation pilot and second-generation air show performer, Kevin is one of the youngest air show stars in the world. A former member of the U.S. Advanced Aerobatic Team and the youngest Red Bull racer, Kevin has numerous aerobatic and racing accolades to his credit since he soloed on his 16th
- Northrop Grumman T-38: The sleek and timeless T-38 Talon is the world’s first supersonic jet trainer and has been in continuous service with the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, NASA and air forces around the world since its introduction in 1961.
- McDonnell Douglas T-45: Known as the Goshawk, the T-45 was a collaboration between McDonnell Douglas and British Aerospace, developed to train Navy and Marine pilots for aircraft carrier operations and tactical strike missions. In 1989, primary production of the T-45 was moved to St. Louis.
- Jeff Boerboon in the Yak-110: A Yak-110 is the unusual combination of two Yak-55s, joined together with a jet engine thrown in for a bit of extra kick. The Yak-110 will be piloted by aerobatic pilot Jeff Boerboon, who has numerous aerobatic championship titles to his name.
- Northrop Grumman A-10 Thunderbolt II: Originally manufactured by Fairchild Republic and named in honor of the World War II Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, the A-10 is one of the most fearsome close air support aircraft ever made. It is built around a 7-barrel 30mm cannon capable of firing 3900 rounds per minute, powerful enough to destroy an enemy battle tank. It is affectionately nicknamed the “Warthog” because of its blunt snout, unusual shape and toughness.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Fairgoers are encouraged to plan ahead. Pre-paid parking in designated downtown St. Louis lots is available. Visit fairsaintlouis.org to purchase a pre-paid parking option. A list of downtown parking locations is available getaroundstl.com. MetroLink, biking and walking continue to be great options to get to and from the Fair.
For a full schedule of Fair Saint Louis activities and events, including the entertainment lineup, as well as a list of what you can and cannot bring into the fairgrounds, visit fairsaintlouis.org or download the FairSTL app.
About the Fair St. Louis Foundation
The Fair St. Louis Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization, operates the Fair each year and has donated numerous gifts to the St. Louis community in conjunction with these events. Over the years, the foundation has contributed to the lighting of the Eads Bridge, the Mississippi River Overlook and the mile-long Riverfront Promenade, and was a partner in providing the Grand Staircase beneath the Arch as part of the National Park System and to the irrigation system as part of Forest Park Forever.