Truckee Tahoe Air Show & Family Festival: July 23


Get ready for some high-flying fun when the Truckee Tahoe Air Show and Family Festival returns following a two-year hiatus. Coming July 23 to the Truckee Tahoe Airport, the day promises to be filled with dazzling performances by aeronautic acrobats as their planes dance through the sky.

All eyes will be on the sky as California native Vicky Benzing, who earned

the title of Fastest Woman Racer ever in the history of the Reno Air Races at 469.831 mph, makes her Truckee Tahoe Air Show debut. Fan-favorite, Ukrainian-born and raised Anna “Sky Dancer” Serbinenko, returns to the show’s line up. She is dedicating her 2022 Air Show circuit tosupporting humanitarian efforts in Ukraine.


Taking to the sky in his converted Red Bull Racer aircraft, Bob Freeman started flying in 1972 and has been doing aerobatics since 1981. The RenegadeAVR8R Jet Show perfor- mance will feature David Costa in

a Polish, TS-11 ISKRA military jet, reaching speeds well over 400 mph. Ret. Air Force Lt. Col. Rich Perkins, a former U-2 pilot who is internationally known and is a favorite at air shows around the country, will perform in his Marchetti SF-260, which is FAA certified to +6/-3 Gs.

With military and experimental aircraft on static display, a STEM Expo, Family Festival, food, and more, this event has something for all ages. Gatesopen at 9 a.m. with plenty of free, onsite park- ing. Truckee’s own Mountain Belles, performing the national anthem, will kick off the openingceremony at 10

a.m. Aerobatic performers will take to the sky around 10:30 a.m. and then again at 1:30 p.m. for two mesmerizing performances with eachsegment culminating with a drone aerial display.

At noon, to stop by the terminal for a free presentation by Col. Bud

Anderson. The last living World War II

Triple Ace Fighter Pilot, Anderson cel- ebrated his 100th birthday in January. Seating is limited and is available on a first-come-first-served basis, sobe sure to arrive early. Guests can also stop by to talk to United States Navy Lt. Calli Zimmerman, who will pilot an F/A-18E Super Hornet fighter jetto the air show and have it on display for viewing. (Learn more about her in the online exclusive story, Flight Path, publishing at moonshineink.comon July 20.)

Kids ages 8 to 17 can sign up for a free airplane ride with an Experimental Aircraft Association volunteer Young Eagles pilot. The SafeLaunch for Healthy Futures/Flights Above Addition program will have an exhibit welcoming youth to paint a “souped- up” Cessna 182, to depict their own dreams for a healthy future on the fuselage of the plane.

The Air Show & Family Festival is a free event produced by volunteers from the Experimental Aircraft Association local chapter 1073, TruckeeOptimist Club, and KidZone Museum. The show represents a unique way for residents and visitors alike to connect with the airport. The TruckeeTahoe Airport District generously supports the Air Show & Family Festival.

Tickets to the Mountain Hardware and Sports Truckee VIP Hospitality Tent ensure a first-class seat for the air show. The cost of $125

features a catered lunch, beverages including beer and wine, private

air-conditioned restrooms, lots of shade, and the chance to mingle with air show performers. Tickets for children twelve and under are

$50 and can be purchased online at

Info: free event, VIP tent tickets

$125 for 12 and older, $50 under 12;

~Juliana Demarest/Moonshine Ink


  • Juliana Demarest

    Juliana Demarest is a Jersey girl with ink in her blood. She fell in love with print journalism at a young age in the '80s when her Uncle Tony would take her to "work" at his weekly paper. In 1997, she co-founded a weekly newspaper in North Jersey. One day, she went to photograph a local farmer for a news story. She ended up marrying him and leaving journalism to become a farmer's wife. In 2010, they packed up their two children and headed to Truckee in pursuit of the outdoor life. She didn't realize just how much she missed journalism until she joined Moonshine in 2018 after taking time off to be mom. Connect with Juliana

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