CAF Wings Over Houston Airshow Oct. 17-18

The Thunderbirds. (photo by Elena DePree)
The Thunderbirds. (photo by Elena DePree)
The Thunderbirds. (photo by Elena DePree)

Only a few more days until the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) 31st Annual Wings Over Houston Airshow – Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 17-18 –that will feature performances by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and the Breitling Jet Team, as well as aviation exhibitions by civilian acrobatic pilots and vintage military aircraft.“We’re very excited to have two world-class jet team performances by the Thunderbirds and Breitling Jet Team this year, and pre-show ticket sales have been fantastic,” said Airshow Director Bill Roach. “We have an exciting lineup of aviation performances, including civilian acrobatic pilots and vintage aircraft reenactments and flight formations, as well as numerous exhibits and activities. Now in our 31st year, we are proud to be a Houston family tradition.”

The Thunderbirds, performing as a team of six F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft, return to Houston following their last Wings Over Houston performance in 2010. The Breitling Jet Team from Europe, the world’s largest professional civilian flight team that performs in seven L-39C Albatros jet aircraft, will end their first U.S. tour with this first-time performance at Wings Over Houston.

Breitling Jet Team Over Mt. Fuji ( Image Credit Tokunaga)
Breitling Jet Team Over Mt. Fuji ( Image Credit Tokunaga)

 The show’s lineup, in addition to the Thunderbirds and Breitling performances, includes:

  • VFA-122 Super Hornet Demonstration Team
  • Civilian acrobatic performances by Debbie Rihn-Harvey, Kevin Coleman and David Martin
  • Air Force Heritage Flight Foundation flights
  • CAF Tora! Tora! Tora reenactment of the attack on Pearl Harbor
  • U.S. Coast Guard Helicopter Dolphin MH65D
  • A large number of vintage military aircraft, flying in formations and reenactments, flown by crews from various units of the Commemorative Air Force, Texas Flying Legends Museum, Lone Star Flight Museum, Vietnam War Flight Museum, Lewis Collection,  Cavanaugh Flight Museum and Collings Foundation.
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Photo by Luigino Caliaro

 Other highlights of the show include static displays of vintage and modern military aircraft as well as numerous exhibits and activities including: Legends and Heroes Tent featuring distinguished veterans signing autographs and memorabilia, NASA Driven to Explore Exhibit, Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Hangar 57, Experimental Aircraft Association, National USA Forces Museum, The 6th Cavalry Historical Association, Kid’s Carnival, motion simulator rides and more.Visit the airshow’s website, www.wingsoverhouston.com, for show updates and to purchase tickets in advance. Tickets can also be purchased by calling 888-4-FLYSHOW. Tickets can be purchased at the gate on show days, but premium reserved seats sell out early. General admission tickets also are available at area Kroger stores. Also visit the airshow website for information about highly-recommended shuttle rides and limited parking options.

About Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Wings Over Houston

The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Wings Over Houston Airshow is a non-profit 501(c)(3) community event produced by a volunteer effort of the Gulf Coast Wing, Houston Wing, and Tora! Tora! Tora! of the Commemorative Air Force, with support from the Lone Star Flight Museum in Galveston, Texas Legends Flying Museum, Vietnam War Flight Museum, Lewis Air Legends and Collings Foundation West. The Airshow is dedicated to showcasing vintage World War II aircraft, along with the thrills of modern aviation. One of the top air shows in the United States in its category, the CAF Wings Over Houston Airshow attracts more than 90,000 festival goers throughout Houston as well as from around the globe. The 2015 Airshow benefits the CAF Wings Over Houston Airshow Scholarship Program, Aviation Career Education Academy, Exchange Club of Sugar Land, Westchase Rotary Club and the Commemorative Air Force aircraft restoration and flying historical programs, in addition to numerous other nonprofit participatingorganizations.

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