Full weekend of high-flying fun ahead at Jabara Airport
The Wichita Flight Festival is this Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28-29 at Colonel James Jabara Airport, 3512 N. Webb Road. Many of the activities this year celebrate the bravery and courage of our military men and women in time of war. Free public parking will be available at Jabara Airport, the Wichita Area Technical College, 4004 N. Webb Road, and Beechcraft Lot E, east of Central on Webb. Shuttle service will be provided. Highlights include:
- Free daytime admission both days from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. There will be air shows between noon-3 p.m., Kid’s Zone, static airplane displays, Fly Market with vendor booths, DWTA helicopter rides ($35 per rider) and a meet-and-greet with the pilots from 3-3:30 p.m. at the Sponsor Tent. The festival’s featured air act TORA TORA TORA will re-create the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor as a living history lesson for the crowd.
- The public will have the opportunity to meet one of Kansas’ few remaining Pearl Harbor survivors on Saturday. From 10 a.m.-noon, 90-year-old Arthur Dunn will be in the Fly Market to share his story with visitors. Mr. Dunn was a U.S. Navy Gunner’s Mate on the USS Oklahoma that was torpedoed seven times and capsized within eight minutes of the attack. He swam out from under the boat through fuel oil and flames on his way to safety.
- On Saturday night gates reopen at 6 p.m. to the public for the ticketed Twilight Air Show & Concert featuring the TORA TORA TORA air team and Hotel California – The Original Eagles Tribute Band. Tickets are $10 and they are on sale now at WichitaTIX.com. They may also be purchased at the gate. Children 11 and under are admitted free.
- Before the start of the Hotel California concert, a special presentation will take place to give a newly renovated mortgage-free home to combat-wounded veteran Jared Smith through the Chevrolet Everyday Heroes Come Home Program. Smith, a Rose Hill native, was injured in combat in Afghanistan in 2011 and is now retired from the U.S. Marines. The program is a partnership between Chevrolet, the Military Warriors Support Foundation and Chase Bank.
For additional details about parking, event schedule and list of permitted/prohibited items, visit WichitaFlightFestival.com.