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Winston-Salem Air Show September 9, 10 & 11, 2011

Location: Smith Reynoldsl Airport, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Admission: Advance tickets $12 adults (ages 13-65) FREE for children under 12. Seniors $8. Gate tickets: $20 adults, $15 seniors $15.
Parking: FREE
Value: EXCELLENT
Starfighters F-104 Demo Team
Southern Hospitality was in full force at the “100th Anniversary Airshow" at the Smith Reynolds Airport in Winston-Salem! Friendly people all around, lots of flying in the sky and too many ground events to mention made this a show that had something for everyone to enjoy!
A Friday evening airshow started things off, followed by a free concert by Legendary Country Music Star John Anderson, another twilight airshow and then fireworks to cap the first day off. On Saturday and Sunday the air events featured such acts as the F-104’s from the Starfighters Demo Team, Team RV, Aeroshell Aerobatic Team, a US Navy A-4 Skyhawk flying from the Collings Foundation and a Navy Legacy Flight with the Skyhawk flying with a Corsair and Skyraider. The new Honda Jet also made an appearance flying a demo and was an amazing thing to hear how quiet this plane is!
The big event that most people were waiting for on Saturday were the fly-by of a USAF B-52 and three passes from the B-2 Stealth Bomber with some of the best and closest passes that I have ever seen of the plane!
Overall if you have never had a chance to attend this show you will not be disappointed. You will find the close airbox will keep the action in front of you and not a mile away. The airshow had plenty of food stands and lots of bathrooms spread all over so wait times weren’t too bad. A good display of static aircraft and helicopter rides were also available to those who wanted to see the show from above.
Some of the participants were:
  • B-2 Stealth Bomber
  • Starfighters F-104 Demo Team
  • Aeroshell Aerobatic Team
  • Honda Jet Demo Flight
  • A-4 Skyhawk from the Collings Foundation
  • Wing Walking – Jane Wicker
  • Red Eagle Sports
  • Navy Legacy Flight
  • J-3 Cub – Comedy Act Kirk Wicker
Rating: 9 out of 10
B-2 Stealth Bomber
Red Eagle Sports
The new Honda Jet also made an appearance flying a demo and was an amazing thing to hear how quiet this plane is!
 

Photography and report byJoe Osciak for AIRSHOWSREVIEW LLC

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