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Oregon Airshow to feature new fighter

 
Oregon Airshow to feature new fighter
Posted Wednesday, March 5th 2014 @ 12pm  by Brad Ford

Less than a week after learning that the Canadian Forces Snowbirds reconfirmed as the headline performers for The Oregon International Air Show presented by Standard TV & Appliance, the Show announced an impressive contingent of U.S. military demonstrations have been added to the 2014 show lineup.   The Show, scheduled for September 19th - 21st, 2014 at Hillsboro Airport, was forced to take to the skies in 2013 with no military performers due to budget cuts forced by the federal budget sequestration.

Leading the list of U.S. military performers is the U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor, which will be making its first-ever appearance in Oregon.  The Raptor is the world’s most advanced fighter aircraft and one of the most sought-after demonstrations on the air show circuit.  Its incredible maneuverability, aided by its computerized controls and powerful, thrust-vectoring jet engines, make the Raptor an astonishing air show aircraft.

The Raptor performs maneuvers in its air show demonstration that appear to be impossible for a jet aircraft to perform including hovering, tail slides and paddle turns more common from a civilian bi-plane. The Raptor is also capable of supersonic flight and will demonstrate incredible high speed passes as part of its performance.  The F-22 appearing at this year's show is based at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska.

The show also announced that the U.S. Marine Corps will provide demonstrations of the U.S.M.C. AV-8B Harrier.  The Harrier will demonstrate amazing vertical or short takeoff and landing capabilities as well high speed passes showcasing the multi-mission capabilities of this ground attack aircraft. The Harrier performing at this year's show is based at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma in Yuma, Arizona.

The U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team, the U.S. Army’s official aerial demonstration team will also provide demonstrations at this year's air show including opening each day's show with a stirring flag drop.  The team represents the finest of soldiers and personifies the Army Values, showing to the world the professionalism, precision and discipline of today’s modern Army. The Golden Knights have two different demonstration teams, the Gold and the Black.  The Gold team led by SFC Dustin Peregrin will perform at this year's Oregon International Air Show.

"Wow, a week ago we weren't sure if we were having a show and now we have the Snowbirds, the Raptor, the Harrier and the Golden Knights headlining our show," said Judy Willey, President of the Oregon International Air Show. "With the Snowbirds back as our headliners and one of the strongest lineups of military demonstrations of any air show in the U.S. this year, we are excited to announce that the show will go on!" 

This is the first time since 1993 that the Snowbirds will bring their adrenaline-rushing performance to Oregon and their appearance is one of only four scheduled for them in the U.S. in 2014.   Flying their nine distinctive red and white CT-114 Tutors, the Snowbirds serve as the Canadian Forces ambassadors and demonstrate professionalism, teamwork, excellence, discipline and dedication.   The Snowbirds are internationally known for their awe-inspiring precision aerobatics consisting of more than 50 different formations and maneuvers.  The Snowbirds are one of only three military jet teams from North America and the team makes very few appearances each year in the United States.  

"The Snowbirds, the F-22 Raptor and our other military performers are just the beginning of what is going to be a blockbuster lineup of world-class air show entertainment in the sky and on the ground at our 2014 show!"

Great ticket packages will be available on the show Web site in the next month.  Sponsorship opportunities and additional information is also available at www.OregonAirShow.com  Additional performers and attractions will be added in the coming months with the full lineup in place by spring. 

All profits from the show will benefit local charities and non-profit organizations.  Since 1988, more than 475 local organizations have received more than $1.3 million in donations from the air show.  

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