Airport leaders are hoping that 2005 will be a year that people remember, a year that an air show extraordinaire came back to Rockford.
"Given the success we've had with passenger air service, I think there's more appreciation for the airport and the possibilities. I think people are anticipating that we're going to "woo" them, surprise them, overwhelm them--and that answer to that is absolutely right," says Airport Executive Director Bob O'Brien.
Rockford Airfest 2005 will be held on the airport grounds from August 5 to August 7, a show that O’Brien says will be hailed by all, from young children to the WWII aviation enthusiasts...
"Aircraft ranging from C5A and helicopters to Navy F-18 Hornets, A-10 Warthogs, F-16's, a whole compliment of warbirds from the early years of aviation," says O'Brien.
The airliners based at RFD will also have their planes on display. Show coordinator Dave Lindbergh says one of the features is the TWA Lockheed Constellation.
"It's the largest remaining 4 four engine propeller aircraft in the world. There are only three flying right now, one in the U.S., one in Australia and one in Europe, and we're going to have that front and center," says Airfest Coordinator Dave Lindberg.
The airport is investing between $150,000 to $200,000 dollars in the show. O’Brien says with the airport's tremendous success, the Airfest is a way to give back to the community.
AIRFEST 2005 INFORMATION:
Gates will open Friday, August 5 at 4pm
The evening will conclude with a fireworks display
August 6th & 7th: Gates open at 9am
Show: Noon to 5 pm
General Admission tickets for Saturday and Sunday show will be $8 in advance, $10 at the gate; tickets for children ages 5-12 will be $3 in advance or $4 at the gate. Children under 5 are free.
Hundreds of volunteers are needed for the AirFest. For more information, visit www.flyrfd.com or call Marge Bevers at 969-4403.
To purchase tickets, visit www.flyrfd.com or you can purchase them at area Road Rangers.