AirShow honors women in aviation


Evan Peers, AirSpace Media  ·

The free Truckee Tahoe AirShow & Family Festival Women in Aviation themed-event will welcome women from both near and far on July 11 and 12 at the Truckee Tahoe Airport.

The featured women in aviation line-up includes world-renowned, three-time national Aerobatic Champion and National Aviation Hall of Fame member, Patty Wagstaff, to speak at the AirShow’s pre-event honorary dinner on July 11. The show also features Truckee local and retired Flying Tiger/Fed Ex captain, Sandy Wiederkehr, as the AirShow’s Grand Marshal. Persian Gulf veteran pilot, Kimberlei Northrop, also of Truckee, Jeanne Slone, author of “She Flew Bombers,” Julia Hamlin, pilot from Cessna’s Discover Flying Challenge, and several female pilots and jumpers from the U.S. Air Force Parachute Team Wings of Blue also will be part of this year’s festival.


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Women in aviation featured at dinner

Author Jeane Slone will be at Bookshelf in Truckee on July 11 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. to discuss and autograph copies of her historical fiction novel “She Flew Bombers.”

The Honorary Dinner under the stars at the airport that evening will feature keynote speaker Wagstaff, who will address guests with a presentation on women in aviation and short video. The evening will includes a teaser air show, a catered dinner by Mountain Magic Catering, a silent auction by the Nevada County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, a no-host bar, live music and much more. Dinner is $50 per person. Tickets are on sale at the Truckee Tahoe Airport or at


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Evan Peers, AirSpace Media  ·

Aerobatics, aerial skills highlighted

At a time when military acts at air shows are scarce, The United States Air Force Parachute Team Wings of Blue will mesmerize Truckee Tahoe AirShow attendees with the team’s intricate aerial skills using flags and color-filled smoke grenades on July 12. Joining the team will be Lt. Col. USAF Reserve Brian Mulloy, a Truckee High School graduate.

“The selection process to confirm Wings of Blue at the free Truckee AirShow was highly competitive,” said AirShow chairman Tim LoDolce. “In 2013, no military aircraft participated in any U.S. air shows, so we are thrilled to have them as one of our featured performers.”

Other featured performers include:

Kent Pietsch, a Jelly Belly-sponsored pilot, flies an Interstate Cadet Airplane and executes three different acts leaving spectators mesmerized.

Dan Buchanan, who six months after an accident that left him unable to walk, began flying his NorthWing-designed hang glider.

Bill Cornick is not only one of the finest, but he’s also the oldest pilot, on the AirShow Circuit. See him hit flat spins in the Aviat Pitts S-2C.

Tim Just in his maximum-performance handling Extra 300S, repeatedly puts audiences in awe.

RedStar Formation Team, a show pleaser for the past two years, is a Precision Warbird Mass Formation Display Team highlighting precision flying capabilities.

The OV-10 Bronco flying performance captivates spectators with its white shark teeth painted across its front. And, the show most recently added to its lineup a one-of-a-kind Sailplane powered by a jet engine,

“Opening ceremony is set for 11:15 a.m. The AirShow plans to make event goers’ hairs rise from the sights of planes swirling and thundering in the sky with numerous aerobatic performances,” added LoDolce. “This event might just be the most family friendly event in the Truckee-North Tahoe region.”

The festival on July 12 include free admission, free parking, world-class aerobatics, parachute demonstrations, static aircraft displays, Vendor Village, Kids’ Fun Zone, food court, beer garden, helicopter rides for a cost, radio-activated planes, free speaker forums, and a pre-event dinner on July 11. As well, free flights for kids ages 8 to 17 years will be offered on July 13. Sign-ups for the free flights are on July 12 at the Experimental Aircraft Association Building at the airport.


For more information on the festival, visit


July 11

Author talk & book signing with Jeane Slone
1:30-4 p.m. | Bookshelf

Honorary Dinner featuring Patty Wagstaff
$50 per person


July 12

Truckee Tahoe AirShow & Family Festival
9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Free admission & parking
9 a.m. | Gates open with no-host breakfast
11:15 a.m. | Opening Ceremony & aerial performances starts


July 13

Free flights for ages 8-17
Register July 12 at festival