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Tribune-Star/Austen LeakeTaking off: Duke Energy District Manager Rick Burger talks about how the air show in August is already generating interest from all over the Wabash Valley and beyond. Austen Leake

Organizers say event can handle 45,000 visitors per day

The Terre Haute Air Show, while 150 days away, has raised its $400,000 budget from corporate sponsors, said Rick Burger, a member of the Terre Haute Regional Airport board of directors and of the air show committee.

While weather will have a lot to say about the outcome of the Aug. 18 and Aug. 19 event, show officials have determined the air show can handle 45,000 people each day.

The airport will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, with flying from noon to 4 p.m.

“We have to look at how many people can we handle in a day. If we have nice weather, we can have 45,000 people,” Burger said. “We wanted to keep air show  ticket [prices] low. Air show people will say this should be a $30 ticket, but we have $10 tickets right now.

“A $10 ticket will you get you into the air show, which includes parking, and the four-hour air show,” Burger said. “We encourage people to purchase tickets now, as they will not specify Saturday or Sunday, just general admission,” Burger said.

That may change as ticket sales advance, meaning only specific day tickets may be available.

Additionally, tickets go up on price on May 19, tickets increase to $15. Tickets are $20 on the day of the show at the gate. Tickets can be purchased online at www.terrehauteairshows.com or at the Terre Haute airport.

The air show will have 60 to 70 static displays of aircraft from the 1940s to present, including aircraft such as A-10 Thunderbolt;  KC-135 Stratotanker, KC-10 aerial refueling plane; F-18 Super Hornet; B-17 World War II bomber; Redtail P-51; and 83 aircraft displays from the Experimental Aircraft Association, an international organization of aviation enthusiasts based in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

Tribune-Star/Austen LeakeConversation starter: Duke Energy district manager Rick Burger says that wearing this logo on a shirt has people coming up to him for information on the upcoming air show. Austen Leake

Traffic will be one way in and one way out of the airport event, Burger said.

“We will use local vendors and will keep food prices low. A good example of controlling prices, Indiana American Water will have two water trailers, so water will be free,” Burger said.

The air show will be held every three years.

Burger said when all bills are paid and and seed money for the next air show has been established, “we will give back to the community,” Burger said. While no determination has yet been make, perhaps some sort of aviation scholarship could be awarded, Burger said.

The air show will be headlined by the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels. Burger said the airport intends to show its community pride and will seek the Blue Angels Air Show of the Year Award. Other air events include an F-22 flight demonstration, one of only three Midwestern show events.

Additionally, “Tora, Tora, Tora,” is a recreation of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and there will be Patriot Parachute Team as well as Blackhawk helicopter extraction demonstration. Also, the civilian warbird team Trojan Thunder is to perform


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