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Attractions flying in for 2014 air show


More acts are lining up to participate in the Oregon International Air Show in Hillsboro in September.

Soon after the air show’s organizers learned the Canadian Forces Snowbirds had reconfirmed they would be able to attend as this year’s headline performers, other attractions have lined up for the annual air show, sponsored by Standard TV & Appliance.

Last week, an impressive contingent of U.S. military demonstrations was added to the 2014 show lineup, which is scheduled for Sept. 19 to 21 at the Hillsboro Airport. Last year, the show was forced to take to the skies with no military performers due to budget cuts forced by the federal budget sequestration.

Leading the new list of U.S. military performers on hand for 2014 will be the Air Force’s F-22 Raptor, making its first-ever appearance in Oregon. The Raptor is considered by many to be the world’s most advanced fighter aircraft. Its maneuverability, aided by computerized controls and powerful, “thrust-vectoring” jet engines, make the Raptor an intriguing attraction. The Raptor performs maneuvers that appear to be impossible for a jet aircraft, including hovering, tail slides and paddle turns that are more common from a civilian biplane.

The Raptor is capable of supersonic flight and will demonstrate high speed passes as part of its performance. The F-22 coming in for this year’s show is based at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska.

The air show will also see a demonstration of the AV-8B Harrier. The Harrier will demonstrate amazing vertical or short takeoff and landing capabilities as well high speed passes, showcasing the multi-mission capabilities of this ground attack aircraft. The Harrier performing at this year’s show is based at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma in Arizona.

Also coming to Hillsboro for the September show will be the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team. This special team will open each day’s show with a flag drop.

“Wow, a week ago we weren’t sure if we were having a show, and now we have the Snowbirds, the Raptor, the Harrier and the Golden Knights headlining our show,” said Judy Willey, president of the Oregon International Air Show. “With the Snowbirds back as our headliners and one of the strongest lineups of military demonstrations of any air show in the U.S. this year, we are excited to announce that the show will go on!”

This is the first time since 1993 the Snowbirds, flying nine distinctive red and white jets, will perform in Oregon. The Snowbirds are internationally known for precision aerobatics, and display more than 50 different formations and maneuvers.

Additional performers and attractions are likely to be added, with the lineup expected by spring. For more details, visit OregonAirShow.com.