Update: Photos from the Riverside Airshow 2011 below.
The Riverside Airshow is the envy of every municipal airport in the Inland Empire. Founded 19 years ago by local leaders with a desire to share their passion for aviation, including Air Show Coordinator Tom Miller, the 2011 show will not disappoint, especially when entrance requires nothing more than a desire to learn about aviation (free!).
One of the crowd favorites will return from 2010- the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III. The giant military aircraft is impressive both in its size (154 tons) and maneuvering. Spectators will be just yards away from the takeoff and landing of this airplane designed to carry tanks, vehicles and other cargo into operations that may require landing at slow speeds, small runways or low altitude. Trying to describe this behemoth is impossible- it is a must see!
Besides these weapons of war, plenty of civilian aircraft-both classic and modern- will provide hours of entertainment. Sean D. Tucker in the Oracle Challenger wil be peforming this year. He is a premier airshow performer in the country and local Riversider. Sean is always a fan favorite. In addition, the wingwalker always provides an excellent show, making everyone wonder what it must must feel like to be on the top of a plane as it flies clear across the skies of the Inland Empire.
Surprisingly, one of the best performance comes in the way of an exhibition from Riverside’s finest who simulate a police chase from the air and ground. This chase culminates in a K-9 capturing the fictitious bad guy while the air fills with the sound of blanks being fired by officers and the bad guy alike. By the end of the chase, the audience can’t help but feel honored to be protected by a highly trained police department with their eye on the city from both the ground and the air.
There are plenty of local food vendors, with a pancake breakfast in the morning. The welcome address for those who wish to arrive early is always a fun chance to meet local leaders, including Congressman Ken Calvert and Mayor Ron Loveridge. If a particular act doesn’t excite you, check out some of the vendors, exhibits, anitique and classic airplanes, replicas, military vehicles, helicopters, classic cars and local aviation organizations, including my favorite- the local remote control aviation club. If you’re looking for a souvenir, the custom dog tags are always popular.
This year’s show will be held on March 26, with a full schedule online. If you’re looking to see a particular act, don’t show up a minute late, as the organizers are, well, organized. Parking is $10, with free parking in the nearby neighborhoods in short supply and at a long distance from the show. Check online on where the parking is located as you may end up waiting to park if you don’t know the parking lot closest to you.
Rumor has it that Packinghouse Brewery on the north side of the airport will be having a special event on the day of the show (think Hangar 24 Brewery, but with a real view of a very active airport). Bring a folding chair to have a great view in comfort. Be sure to check out the perspective on the east side of the runway for an fascinating view of the takeoffs and landings. It’s not often that you’ll be allowed this close to a takeoff and landing without being arrested!
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