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16th annual air show commemorates historic Battle of Midway



June 3, 2011 (El Cajon) — The 16th Annual Wings Over Gillespie air show will feature the howl of airplane engines such as the B-17 Flying Fortress and B-25 Mitchell bombers, Northrop N9M Flying Wing, F4F Wildcat, the TBF Avenger, the A6M Zero, the SBD Dauntless, and many more “flying museums.” Also on hand will be USN/USMC helicopters and other displays, Navy SEALs,  military and law enforcement vehicles and equipment, and much more.


The air show performance days will be June 4–5,  with gates open from to 9 am to 4 pm, at Gillespie Field ,1960 Joe Crosson Road in El Cajon.


Aerial stunt pilot John Colver, a crowd-pleasing favorite, will perform at 10:50 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.


Admission from MAY 1: Adult $15, and kids 5–17/seniors 62/active military $12, and Family Pak $54 if purchased online at .

At the gate: $20 adult/$15 kids 5-17, Seniors 62, active military/$70 Family Pak.


Friday, June 3, is a FREE Education Day with a community youth focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. The show is presented by Air Group One (AG-1), the San Diego wing of the Commemorative Air Force. There is no scheduled air show flying on Education Day.


Additionally, B-17 & B-25 Bomber Rides are available June 1–June 3. Go to . For further information, register to win a ride in a B-17 or B-25 and be put on a Bomber Rides request list.


AG-1, a long-time contributor to the San Diego community, is providing this spectacular air show as a unique home-grown public event. Falling exactly on the dates of the 1942 “Battle of Midway,” the weekend will be fittingly commemorated in keeping with the 2011 Centennial of Naval Aviation. As Show Announcer, internationally known Gordon Bowman-Jones never fails to keep the crowd on its toes. The show will also feature commemorative posters and other works by the official air show graphic artist, Joe Jones, an internationally recognized leader in his field.


The Air Show is a unique family event with a special “Gillespie AirFair” KidsZone area. Amusements, rides, entertainers, games and prizes, face painters, education displays, a great variety of food and beverages, and SHADE, will be abundant for the entire weekend. With the new SR-52 extension that now connects to SR-67, Gillespie Field is now more accessible than ever.


For a schedule of events, directions and more information, visit




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