Leesburg Airshow Set for Sept. 24

A high-flying, popular annual event returns to the skies Saturday, Sept. 24.

That’s the day the Leesburg Executive Airport will host the seventh annual Leesburg Airshow. The airshow’s static display area features a variety of experimental and antique aircraft. Joining this year’s displays are a HondaJet and a Vietnam-era Sikorsky CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopter. The CH-53 Sea Stallion will be open for public tours. Another highlight on the ground will be the car show, featuring classic rides, custom hot rods, and the latest makes and models. Other tarmac attractions include aviation-related displays, exhibits and food vendors.

Prior to the main show at noon there will be a demonstration of radio-controlled aircraft. Beginning at 1 p.m., the skies above Leesburg will come alive with daring aerobatic performances. Featured performers include Andrew McKenna in his P-51 Mustang; Dan Marcotte flying his Ultimate Biplane; and Scott Francis demonstrating thrilling aerobatics in his MXS. There will also be performances by members of The Flying Circus, based in Bealeton, and the Commemorative Air Force’s National Capital Squadron. This year’s airshow will once again be narrated by Hugh Oldham, who has performed in and announced at airshows for more than 30 years. The airshow concludes at 4 p.m.

Primary parking locations for the airshow are at Tuscarora High School (825 North King Street) and Heritage High School (520 Evergreen Mill Road SE). Free shuttles will run continuously from 10:45 a.m. until 5 p.m. There will be no general parking at the airport. Airport parking will be reserved for guests who require accessible options. A DMV-issued permit must be displayed in order to park at the airport.

There is a requested donation of $3 per person or $5 per family. For more details about the performers and the airshow schedule, go to leesburgairshow.com.


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