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Spirit of St. Louis Air Show returns this weekend – but Saturday’s already sold out

Members of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels pass the Amini’s dome in Boone’s Crossing as they arrive at Spirit of St. Louis Airport in Chesterfield on Thursday, May 1, 2014, for that weekend’s Spirit of St. Louis air show. Photo by Robert Cohen, rcohen@post-dispatch.com

Members of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels pass the Amini’s dome in Boone’s Crossing as they arrive at Spirit of St. Louis Airport in Chesterfield on Thursday, May 1, 2014, for that weekend’s Spirit of St. Louis air show. Photo by Robert Cohen, rcohen@post-dispatch.com

Tickets are $20 in advance on the air show website (www.spirit- airshow.com)
and $25 at the gate. But tickets for Saturday are gone and no walk-up
tickets will be sold, organizers said. They encouraged would-be visitors
to buy tickets for Sunday online.

The first Spirit of St. Louis show was held in May 2014, reviving the old St. Louis County air show that ended in 2007.

The air show is at Spirit of St. Louis Airport in Chesterfield.
Also on the grounds is the STEM Expo (science, technology, engineering
and mathematics) with exhibits designed to interest young people in
science careers.

The Navy Blue Angels,  flying St. Louis-made F/A-18 jets, headline two days of air shows that
include flyovers and displays of modern and World War II-era military
aircraft.

The ticket cost includes parking. Children 6 and under, and active-duty service personnel, get in free.

The air show and science expo runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and spokesman Mark Sutherland urged visitors to arrive early and plan on an hour getting into and out of the grounds. He said show organizers have improved the traffic plan to try to avoid the snarls of the inaugural show two years ago.

Despite that, it was popular. More than 125,000 people attended, Sutherland said.

The air shows begin at 11:15 a.m. each day. In addition to the Blue Angels, entries include the Canadian Forces Snowbirds aerobatic team, an F-22 Raptor fighter and military helicopters. The World War II entries include a B-17, B-29, a Navy Corsair and a P-51 Mustang. Most of the planes will be on display beginning at 9 a.m. each day on the airport tarmac. The display includes other craft, including a Stearman trainer, a P-38 Lightning and an F-15 Eagle.

Saturday’s show will begin with flyovers by B-1 and B-2 bombers.

Owners of some of the aircraft, including the B-17, offer tours and flights for additional charges.

Boeing sponsors the air show, MasterCard the STEM expo.

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