2015 Airshow Events

Saturday and Sunday, May 23 and 24, 2015

8:30 AM Leaving from Walnut & 5th Parking Garage (500 East Walnut) in Columbia, and the Jefferson City Airport.
9:00 AM Gates Open at Airshow
Flight of the Kansas City Dawn Patrol "Flying Circus" WWI Airplanes, WWI Curtiss Jenny and WWII Stearman PT-17 and Piper L-4
USA Golden Knights Parachute Demonstration Team is returning to our Celebration.  In addition to opening the Airshow during the National Anthems with a jump carryng the United States and Canadian Flags, the entire team will return to perform a spectacular mass exit jump.
Salute to the Nation Solemn Ceremony:
dot8.gif (827 bytes) National Anthems of the United States and Canada
dot8.gif (827 bytes) 21-Gun Salute by the VFW Post 280 Firing Party
dot8.gif (827 bytes) Reading of the 225+ names from the Veterans Memorials at the Boone County Courthouse, honoring those Veterans from WWI to the present, who gave their lives in service to their Country
dot8.gif (827 bytes) Honored Guests and Tuskegee Airmen are mustered at Show Central
dot8.gif (827 bytes) Introduction of Honored Guests and Tuskegee Airmen
dot8.gif (827 bytes) Concert by the Boone County Fire Protection District Bagpipers
"Valiant Echoes" BT-13 Vultee  Aerobatic Demonstration
1917 Curtiss JN-4 "Jenny" maneuvers and flybys
TBM Avenger maneuvers and flybys
"Valiant Echoes" BT-13 Vultee  Aerobatic Demonstration
University of Missouri Joint Service ROTC Drill Team
USA Ft. Leonard Wood K-9 Corps Demonstration

Canadian Forces Snowbirds 431 Air Demonstration Squadron
Returning again from an appearence last year, they produce some of the most awe inspiring and exquisite formation and precision flying seen in the skies today. They arrive with a total of 11 Jets, 2 are flown by the Coordinators and used as spare aircraft. The top speed of the aircraft, with smoke tanks attached, is 470 miles an hour. During their performance the SNOWBIRDS will fly at speeds ranging from 115 miles per hour to 370 miles per hour. When the two solo aircraft perform their head-on passes, they aim to be approximately only 33 feet apart when they cross with a closure speed of the jets that is very close to the speed of sound.
"Trojan Phlyers" T-28B Trojan dramatic Aerobatic Demonstration
U.S. Marines MV-22 Osprey Aerial Flight Demonstration
USA Golden Knights Parachute Demonstration Team jumps again in a spectacular mass exit jump.
U.S. Air Force T-33 Shooting Star "Ace Maker" Aerobatic Flight Demonstration
U.S. Navy F/A-18E/F Super Hornet TAC DEMO Team
4:00 PM Flying Events Concluded
 

Monday, May 25, 2015


9:55 AM 27th Annual Quarter Century Salute to Veterans Parade - Downtown Columbia, "Jump-Started" by the USA Golden Knights Parachute Team bringing the American and Canadian Flags in to Broadway.
10:45 AM Military Ceremony - Boone County Courthouse Veterans Memorials.
Columbia Community Band, Wreaths placed, Speech by the Ranking Military Honored Guest, introduction of Tuskegee Airmen, WASP, and the Veterans and Military Recruiters on the Platform.
Service Songs; "Amazing Grace" by the Bagpipers; 21-Gun Salute and Echo Taps to end the 27th Annual, 6-Day Salute to Veterans Celebration.
Colonel Robert Leeker, AirBoss
Colonel Robert Leeker, AirBoss. USAF, Ret. Wing Commander, 131st Bomb Wing, Whiteman AFB, MOANG, Ret.. Awarded the Bronze Star for ground combat as commander of Kirkuk Regional Air Base. Flew a variety of military aircraft including the F-15 Eagle in Iraq. Final flight upon retirement was as a pilot in the B-2's.

Captain Ted Jacobs, Assistant AirBoss. USNR, Ret. 26+ years in the USN and USNR flying the P-3 Orion; then a pilot with SouthWest Airlines, Ret.

Commander Ken Hines, Voice of the Airshow. USCGR, Ret. He served 27 years and is a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Noble Eagle, and participated in the massive USCG response to Hurricane Katrina.