The Wings over Waukesha air show this weekend was absolutely incredible. The air shows were filled with stunning routines that had all attendees in awe. This has been the biggest turnout ever in the history of Wings over Waukesha and the most exciting of all weekends to attend.
Jim “Fang” Maroney dazzled the crowd in the legendary “Super” Chipmunk aircraft, painted absolutely brilliantly as the American Flag. Zooming through the air with maneuvers that can only be described as incredibly precise and astonishing to watch, Maroney stole the show, having audience members on the edge of their seats. At one point the aircraft was flying at 170 miles per hour at only ten feet from the pavement, according to the announcer.
Maroney’s background includes a degree in aeronautical and mechanical engineering. He’s also had an incredible military career flying. Maroney worked as an F-16 pilot with North Dakota Air National Guard before recently retiring. This daredevil was truly someone to watch and admire.
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“Wings Over Waukesha” with an Expanded Air show and Aviation Exposition for 2011
Wings over Waukesha will be hosted this weekend, August 27th and 28th at the Waukesha County Airport. Saturday’s show will be from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., with a hot air balloon “glow” from 6 to 9 p.m. featuring Wind Dancer Balloon Promotions and other local professional balloon companies. Sunday’s show will be from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. “This will be the first full air show at Waukesha County Airport in about 30 years and it promises to be a great one,” said Kurt Stanich, Chairman of the 2011 Wings over Waukesha event.
Both aviation and military enthusiasts will want to see this year’s event with the expansion of daily air shows, featuring contemporary and vintage aircraft from both military and civilian aviation. With over 7,000 visitors in both 2009 and 2010, Wings over Waukesha decided to bring in more aircraft displays in 2011 to ensure that there’s practically always something to see on both the ground and in the air throughout the show.
The Yankee Air Museum in Detroit will be bringing its fully-restored World War II era B-25 “Mitchell” bomber and the Minneapolis U.S. Air Force Reserve will bring in a C-130 transport plane to participate in the show and remain on display for guests to get a closer look. The show has also booked four of the best aerobatics performers in the country, including Dave Dacy-Tony Kazian wingwalking, Dr Bill Blank Super Decathlon aerobatics, Jim “Fang” Maroney Super Chipmunk aerobatics, and John Mohr Stearman barnstorming aerobatics. The shows will also include a tribute to Waukesha County members of the U.S. Armed Forces who have been lost in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
This family-friendly exposition provides a great opportunity to learn about flying, aircraft and the important role of military aviation. Visitors have an opportunity to meet veteran aircraft pilots, as well as getting close-up views of their restored planes from the mid-1900s. With sunny weather forecasted for this weekend, the air show will surely be an exciting event.
You can expect to see:
- North American T-28 “Trojan”
- North American T6 “Texan”
- Fairchild PT26 “Cornell”
- North American p-51 “Mustang”
- Lockheed T-33 “Shooting Star”
- Nanchang CJ-6A
- Flight School displays and the Cessna 172 Glass Cockpit
- C-130 HERCULES
- B-25 Mitchell ‘Yankee Warrior’
Admission and Parking:
Admission to the event is $5.00 per person, and children under 12 are free.
Parking is $2.00 per car.
Admission includes all displays, attractions, aircraft, and the daily air shows.
Refreshments and merchandise will be available by various vendors.
The schedule for both days is as follows:
11:00 a.m. Local pilots in contemporary and vintage aircraft
1:00 p.m. Skydivers
1:30 p.m. World War II military aircraft
2:30 p.m. Modern military aircraft
Wings over Waukesha is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting aviation and honoring aviation history. The organization hosts the popular annual Wings over Waukesha aviation exposition and air show at Waukesha County Airport that features a variety of contemporary and vintage aircraft from both civilian and military aviation. Proceeds are reinvested in the annual event, which also benefits numerous local non-profit organizations that participate and sell food and merchandise to raise funds for aviation education scholarships, vintage aircraft restoration and other military and aviation related efforts.