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2nd Annual Williston Airshow set for Aug. 20

Eloise Ogden/MDN The Grumman F-2 Wildcat from the Dakota Territory Air Museum in Minot will be flown by Bernie Vasquez in the 2nd Annual Williston Airshow. The plane is shown in this photo taken at the air museum on Wednesday.

WILLISTON — The 2nd Annual Williston Airshow will take to the skies on Saturday, Aug. 20.

Visitors can enjoy local food vendors, family-friendly activities, airplane rides for purchase, and world-renowned airshow performers featuring RAD Aerosports’ Jet Waco and Jeff Boerboon’s YAK-110.

Gates will open at 8 a.m. followed by the airshow at 11 a.m. Gates will close at 2 p.m.

“This air show will provide family-friendly activities that focus on improving the quality of life in the community,” said Williston Airport Director Anthony Dudas. “People can experience the airport facility and get to know the XWA staff, not only for flying but during an entertaining event.”

The community will get a chance to speak to the pilots and look at their aircraft before the air show.

Following is the list of performers:

— Grumman FM-2 Wildcat – Bernie Vasquez will fly the FM-2 Wildcat from the Dakota Territory Air Museum, Minot. Nicknamed the “Wilder Wildcat,” this aircraft was the best performing Wildcat with a 1,350 hp engine, larger vertical tail surfaces and more fuel capacity. In addition to being faster and more maneuverable than the F4F, the FM-2 had four wing guns instead of six, allowing it to carry 1,720 rounds of ammunition (more than 280 more than the F4F), making it a much more formidable opponent.

— RAD Aerosports Jet Waco — Starting life as a classic 1929 Taperwing Waco, this was once the aircraft of choice for barnstormers in the 1930s and 1940s. The Jet Waco has been completely redesigned and structurally reinforced using modern day engineering and materials, along with state-of-the art technology to allow the addition of a jet engine to the aircraft.

— YAK 110 — The Yak 110 aircraft was originally conceived by renowned airshow pilot Jeff Boerboon and Master Mechanic Dell Coller in 2013. After 19 months of intense effort by the team the newly christened Yak 110 flew its first airshow in Mountain Home, Idaho.

— North Valley Aircraft, Jarrod Lindemann of Valley City — Lindemann’s aerobatic performance showcases the Red Baron Stearman, which was originally No. 5 of the aerobatic Red Baron Squadron team. This particular Stearman was with the squadron for the entire 28 years that the team performed in airshows and flew the lead at one time. The 1941 biplane was fully restored by the Lindemanns, taking a total of 11 months to finish the project.

— North Valley Aircraft, Paul Lindemann of Valley City — Lindemann’s aerobatic performance includes a highly modified Pitts S-2S. It’s running a fuel-injected 540 cubic inch Lycoming engine and spins a three blade MT-propeller.

— B-25 Miss Mitchell — Visitors can experience the ultimate thrill acting as bomber crew in a beautifully resorted B-25 Miss Mitchell. They can feel and hear the power of two Wright R-2600 engines, generating 1,700 hp each. This aircraft served in the 310th Bomb Group, 57th Bomb Wing of the 12th Air Force in North Africa and Italy, completing over 130 missions. The Commemorative Air Force Minnesota Wing will have History Flights available Friday and Saturday (Aug. 19- 20).

• UND Aerospace, Michael Lents — Michael Lents is an assistant professor of aviation at the University of North Dakota. An accomplished competitor, Lents was the top scoring pilot on the U.S. Advanced Aerobatic Team, finishing fifth in the world at the 2018 World Advanced Aerobatic Championships in Romania. Last year he was national champion flying a Super Decathlon in the Intermediate Category. He’ll demonstrate the capability of one of two American Champion Super Decathlons that UND uses to teach students spin recoveries and aerobatic flight.

Tickets are on sale for the air show. The cost is $10 per vehicle if purchased before August 5. Tickets at the gate will be $20 per vehicle. Premium seating is available online. Premium tickets qualify for food and drinks, VIP parking and exclusive restrooms. For more information about tickets go to visitwilliston.com/calendar/2022WillistonAirShow/.

“I think this will be a high energy and exciting air show for the community,” Dudas said.

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