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The Aero Experience is a celebration of Midwest aviation and aerospace achievement. We invite you to join us as we explore the treasures of Midwest aviation through first-hand experiences. Our contributors take turns flying lead, and we are always looking for new destinations. Check in with The Aero Experience frequently to see where we will land today, and then go out and have your own aero experiences!

Blue skies,

Carmelo Turdo, Mark Nankivil and Fred Harl - The Aero Experience Team












Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Cape Girardeau Regional Air Festival Makes Strong Return with Canadian Forces Snowbirds, Top Civilian Airshow Performers

By Carmelo Turdo
 







 



The Cape Girardeau Regional Air Festival is making a strong return to the Midwest region's airshow lineup for May 17-18 through the support of loyal sponsors and the commitment of the  Canadian Forces Snowbirds Demonstration Team and top-tier civilian performers.  The Cape Girardeau Regional Air Festival is a staple community event in southeast Missouri, providing a friendly environment for visitors from around the Midwest to experience aviation.   The Aero Experience continues to support this great Midwest Aviation event and will be on-site to bring the highlights to our growing audience.

Bruce Loy (left) and Carmelo Turdo
Cape Girardeau Regional Airport, owned and operated by the City of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, provides a stable environment for the production of aviation events.  Even so, the lack of military participation in 2013 made it more challenging to raise the additional funds necessary to host civilian performers and static displays.  Overall, the organizers came close enough to their sponsor goals and made good deals with civilian performers in an environment where airshows across the region were being cancelled at a rapid rate.  "We were very fortunate," noted Airport Manager Bruce Loy in an interview during the 2013 event.  "We came close to our sponsor goals and we kept it relatively inexpensive...This community came together very well to assist us in promoting the show."  Loy also noted that the 2013 Regional Air Festival was executed with the knowledge that the Canadian Forces Snowbirds were coming in 2014, and so it was a good way to get the organizers and volunteers back in practice following a purposeful layoff of airshows in the previous two years.

This year's airshow will feature an impressive lineup of both military and civilian performers, including the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, U.S. Army Golden Knights, The Aerostars, Younkin Airshows, Indy Boy's Extreme Jet Vehicles, Friends of Jenny, and other air and ground-based attractions.  We encourage everyone to visit the Cape Girardeau Regional Air Festival May 17-18 to experience the fun and excitement of aviation entertainment.  The following photo essay from The Aero Experience Team will illustrate some of the performers expected at this year's airshow:

Canadian Forces Snowbirds Demonstration Team


















       
      





U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team




























The Aerostars















Younkin Airshows







Two Extremes: Indy Boy's Extreme Jet Vehicles and World War I Jenny Trainer













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