By: John Owen | Category: Other | Issue: October 2007
Ashley Battles walks on the wings of Jeff Shelton’s 450 Stearman.
The Blue Angels, the United States Navy’s famous demonstration squadron, are scheduled to appear October 27 and 28 in the Oklahoma Air Show at Davis Field Airport, south of Muskogee. “This is the first time the Blue Angels have been to Muskogee,” says Mike Anderson, air show director. “They will demonstrate their incredible precision flying and breathtaking aerobatics.”
The Army’s award-winning skydiving team, the Golden Knights, will also perform at the event. “Their tandem jumps and mid-air formations during their descent are quite a sight to see,” Anderson mentions. With its exciting entertainment and informational displays, the two-day show will appeal to people of all ages.
A wide range of entertaining aerial displays will keep all eyes on the sky at the Oklahoma Air Show. From the graceful airborne ballets of Bob Carlton’s silent sailplane to jet-powered aerobatics from Randy Ball and his Soviet-era MIG-17, the event is one not to miss. Jeff Shelton will pilot his beautiful 450 Stearman while Ashley Battles, a young pilot for the Oklahoma Forest Service, walks on the wings.
After impressing crowds at air shows across America, Tulsan Randy Harris will bring his Skybolt biplane to Davis Field Airport. His series of extremely difficult acrobatic stunts have never been performed by others. Perhaps even more impressive is the fact that Randy built the Skybolt himself in his living room.
The Blue Angels will be making their first appearance in Muskogee.
One aircraft never seen before in Muskogee is the Air Force A-10 Warthog. Commonly called the “Tank Buster,” the plane is currently used in Iraq. Numerous World War II aircraft will be on the ramp and flying, including a B-25 Mitchell bomber, a TBM Grumman Avenger, a P-51 Mustang fighter, a F4U Corsair and many more. “We’re excited about it,” Anderson says. “Our World War II aircraft will include everything from trainers to fighters to bombers. We’ll have more than we’ve ever had.” People will be at the Davis Field Airport from miles around. “It’s a great economic benefit to the area and a day of great fun for the public to come and enjoy,” Anderson continues.
Always a crowd favorite, a flight simulator will be at the event. People can find out what it is like to climb into the cockpit and fly an aircraft.
Mark your calendars to visit the Oklahoma Air Show on October 27 and 28. Tickets to the event are $12 for adults and $5 for children. They will be available for purchase at: Carson Attractions, Muskogee Phoenix, Muskogee Chamber of Commerce, Arrowhead Mall, Kum and Go, McBride Quick Stop and Andy’s Convenience Store. Food and drinks will be available, and there will be plenty of parking. Gates will open at 8 a.m. both mornings of the event. For more information, contact Carol Ford at (918) 683-3072 or (918) 680-0977.