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20120322_DouglasA1-SkyraiderThe Rio Grande Valley Wing of the Commemorative Air Force will hold its annual air show in the skies above Brownsville this Saturday and Sunday, March 24 to 25. Planes from the eras of World War II and Vietnam will be part of this year’s air acrobatics at the Brownsville Airport. An estimated 5000 to 10,000 people attend the show annually.

From the World War II era, a P-5T fighter, Wildcat fighter, B-25 Bomber, AT-6 trainer, PT-17 Trainer, PT-22 Trainer, and a PT- 26 Trainer are part of the show’s line-up. Vietnam era plans will include an A-1 Skyraider, a Hughy Helicopter, a Cessna 0-2, Cessna L-19, an A-26 Bomber and a Russian Mig.

In addition to these vintage planes there will be air acrobatic performers, including the L-Birds, Paul Fiala and his Great Lakes plane, Kevin Coleman and his Extra 300, and Jason Newberg and the Viper Pitts.

20120322_DouglasA26-InvaderMiscellaneous entertainment includes a Corvette Club Parade and the Dallas Stunt Motorcycle Club performing between the air events.

Gates open at 9 a.m. so visitors can see the planes and talk with the pilots before the show begins. There will be plenty of food and trade show booths in the show as well. The three-and-half hour show starts at noon on Saturday and a little after noon to allow church goers to get to the field on Sunday.

Advance tickets are $15 if purchased at any Walgreen’s. Once visitors arrive at the show they can go to the hospitality tent and upgrade their tickets for $10 if they want to sit under the canopy to watch the show.

20120322_HueyA Russian Mig and other planes used in the air show in previous years now housed at the Commemorative Air Force Museum, 955 South Minnesota Avenue, Brownsville. The museum is open from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, for anyone who wants to take a closer look. Entrance to the museum is $6 for adults and $5 for seniors age 55 and over.

Visitors to the air show should use the gate on Billy Mitchell Drive to gain entrance to the show which will be held. For more information, call 541-8585.

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