Airshow of the Cascades coming
- Holly M. Gill
- Madras Pioneer - News
2012 Budweiser Airshow of the Cascades takes to the skies over Madras on Friday afternoon, Aug. 24, and Saturday, Aug. 25.
The air show committee works hard to bring new acts and return crowd favorites each year, and this year is no exception.
Board President Tom Gray and Don Mobley, show boss, along with the committee, have scheduled a variety of aerial acts, military displays, jets, cars, entertainment and music.
Headlining the show will be the MiG-17, a Russian fighter jet, and the American Douglas A-26 bomber, according to Tom Brown, air show chairman.
"Wait till you see the Fallen Angel Stunters and the Fireworks Extravaganza, choreographed to AC/DC's 'Thunderstruck,'" he said.
The Fallen Angel Stunters, a group of five motorcycle performers, will thrill the crowd with trick riding along the taxiway. The group has performed at air shows across the west over the last five years.
One of the group's first ever shows was in Madras, as they traveled from Boise for an experimental performance at the local event.
Five years later, they are going strong and have been invited back so the fans can experience the thrills, said Mobley, who booked the group. "They were a crowd favorite years ago; it's great to have them back."
Friday night fireworks
The Friday evening performance of the Budweiser Airshow of the Cascades will end with a high energy show of fireworks and fire to the hit song "Thunderstruck" by AC/DC.
The entire song will be choreographed to match the music and the fireworks to end the night with a bang. The show finale will take place after the dusk performances are completed and the evening sky is dark.
"Bring a chair, blanket and get to the show early to guarantee the best views," said Ron Ochs, vice chairman of the air show board. A large crowd is expected.
The evening air show is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., with skydivers, loops and spins by Renny Price and a "bombing" run by a U.S. World War II A-26 bomber.
Following the bomber, the Fallen Angel Stunters will perform motorcycle tricks on the runway directly in front of the crowd.
Later in the evening, a Russian MiG-17 fighter jet will thrill the crowd with a high-speed flyover. The plane will land and take off from the airport, allowing the public to be up close.
Numerous other aerial acts will perform, along with Lisa Dae and Robert Lee Trio playing jazz music live in the hanger before and after the Friday show.
For a complete schedule, check out the website at www.airshowofthecascades.com or contact the Madras Airport at 541-475-6947.