2017 Airshow Events
(order of performances may change)


Saturday and Sunday, May 27 and 28, 2017
8:30 AM Buses begin boarding at 8:30 AM at the AV14 [Trowbridge] Parking Lot (Ashland Rd at E Campus Dr) in Columbia, and at the Jefferson City Airport.
9:00 AM Gates Open at Airshow
Flight of the Kansas City Dawn Patrol "Flying Circus" WWI Airplanes and WWII Piper L-4.
1917 Curtiss JN-4 "Jenny" maneuvers and flybys.
Stearman PT-17 Kaydet maneuvers and flybys.
U.S. Army Special Operations Parachute Team "Black Daggers"  Opening the airshow during the National Anthem carrying the Flag.
Canadian Armed Forces Parachute Team "SkyHawks".  Carrying the Canadian Flag during the Canadian National Anthem.
Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Demo Team.  Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the confederation of Canada
University of Missouri Joint Service Drill Team.
Vultee BT-13 Valiant  maneuvers and flybys.
Salute to the Nation Solemn Ceremony (Hosted by MFA Incorporated)
   dot8.gif (827 bytes)   National Anthems of the United States and Canada
dot8.gif (827 bytes) 21-Gun Salute by the VFW Post 280 Firing Party
dot8.gif (827 bytes) Reading of the 225+ names from the Veterans Memorials at the Boone County Courthouse and at Columbia Cemetery, honoring those Veterans from WWI to the present, who gave their lives in service to their Country
dot8.gif (827 bytes) Honored Guests and Tuskegee Airmen Reunion Group are mustered at Show Central
Introduction of Honored Guests and Reunion Groups
Concert by the Boone County Fire Protection District Bagpipers
Douglas AD-1 Skyraider Aerobatic Demonstration.
RadialVelocity_2014_th.jpg (3196 bytes) D.H.100 "Vampire" Jet Areobatic Demonstration flying this very rare jet.
T-28B Trojan "Trojan Phlyers" Aerobatic Demonstration.
U.S. Army Special Operations Parachute Team "Black Daggers"  Performing a mass jump.
Canadian Armed Forces Parachute Team "SkyHawks".  Bringing their parachutes in close proximity to build formations in the sky known as Canopy Relative Work.
T-33 Shooting Star "Ace Maker" Aerobatic Flight Demonstration
U.S. Navy VFA-122 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet TACDEMO Team, “The Flying Eagles”.
4:00 PM Flying Events Concluded

Monday, May 29, 2017
8:00 AM Wreath Laying at Veterans Memorials. 25 wreaths will be placed at the Memorials to the Veterans of the Civil War,  WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam , Desert Storm & the War on Terror at the Boone County Courthouse.
10:00 AM 29th Annual Salute To Veterans Parade on Memorial Day with aircraft fly-overs. The route is down Broadway, turning North (right) on 10th Street; left on Rogers and right on 8th Street to disband in the huge parking lot beside Columbia College Athletic Field.  Following the Parade the US Army Parachute Team, The Black Daggers and the Canadian Armed Forces Parachute Team The SkyHawks, will jump into the Columbia College Athletic Field prior to the start of the Salute To The Nation Ceremony.
10:45 AM Military Ceremony. Immediately following the Salute to Veterans Parade a Military Ceremony will be held at the Columbia College Athletic Field, Columbia, Missouri. The Columbia Community Band plays, the Honored Guests on the platform are introduced, along with veterans of WWII and military recruiters.  A speech on the meaning of Memorial Day will be given by the ranking military officer Honored Guest, followed by “Amazing Grace” by the Boone County Fire Protection District Bagpipers, a 21-Gun Salute by the VFW and then Echo Taps will bring to an end the 6-day Salute to Veterans Celebration.
Colonel Robert Leeker, AirBoss
Colonel Robert Leeker, AirBoss. USAF, Ret. Wing Commander, 131st Bomb Wing, Whiteman AFB, MOANG, Ret.. Awarded the Bronze Star for ground combat as commander of Kirkuk Regional Air Base. Flew a variety of military aircraft including the F-15 Eagle in Iraq. Final flight upon retirement was as a pilot in the B-2's.
Captain Ted Jacobs, Assistant Airboss
Captain Bill Bond, Assistant AirBoss
. USN, Ret. Commander, Fighter Wing, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, F-14 Tomcats.   A graduate of Hickman High School, the University of Missouri and a Master's Degree from the Naval War College in Newport, RI.
Captain Ted Jacobs, Assistant Airboss
Captain Ted Jacobs, Assistant AirBoss
. USNR, Ret. 26+ years in the USN and USNR flying the P-3 Orion; then a pilot with SouthWest Airlines, Ret.
Chief Chuck Leake, Voice of the Airshow
Battalion Chief Boone County Fire Protection District, Chuck Leake, USNR, is taking the microphone again this year as the Voice of the Airshow.

Assistants to the Voice of the Airshow for the noon Salute To The Nation Ceremonies.
Chief Chuck Leake, Voice of the Airshow
Kermit Miller, KRCG-TV.  Saturday is KRCG-TV Day at the Airshow
Chief Chuck Leake, Voice of the Airshow
Joey Parker, KMIZ-TV.   Sunday is KMIZ-TV Day at the Airshow

 

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