Flying High - The Great Hagerstown Air Show

September 03, 1997

Flying High

The Great Hagerstown Air Show


Staff Writer

Somewhat shrouded by the hype surrounding the 135th Commemoration of the Battle of Antietam is the other entertainment attraction coming to Washington County this month - the Great Hagerstown Air Show.

The show, which will take place Saturday and Sunday at Washington County Regional Airport, is expected to draw 35,000 people over two days, said event coordinator Fred K. Teeter Jr.


"This is something that has sort of gotten lost in the whole thing," said Teeter, executive director of Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce, which is sponsoring the show.

The show will feature various military and civilian aircraft, both on display at the airport and in aerial performances. Some of the planes on display will be World War II-era aircraft such as the Lockheed C-60 Lodestar transport and the B-25 Mitchell bomber, which visitors can inspect.

Other displays include a U.S. Army UH-1H Iroquois helicopter from President Clinton's assigned fleet, a C-130 transport from Maryland Air National Guard and planes owned by local members of Experimental Aircraft Association.

Three A-10 Thunderbolt jets being used by the military will be on display and participate in aerial maneuvers. Other aerial performers will include the Bud Light Micro Jet, the Sukhoi SU-29 acrobatic and a group of sky divers.

Two of the show's highlights will be the F-117 stealth fighter fly-by Saturday and the B-2 stealth bomber fly-by Sunday.

"It's really going to be terrific," Teeter said.

Food and merchandise vendors will be available to spectators. There will be performances by two U.S. Naval Academy bands - one a 30-piece big band and the other a jazz-fusion ensemble.

Free parking will be available at the site. Federal Aviation Administration rules require that a section of U.S. 11 near the airport be closed from 3:40 p.m. to 4:05 p.m. on both days to allow for a mock dogfight aerial performance between a Soviet MiG-17 and an U.S. F-86.

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