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Winston-Salem Air Show flies high at Smith Reynolds Airport

by Mark Burger

Winston-Salem Air Show flies high at Smith Reynolds Airport

It’s the Winston- Salem Air Show, which will be flying high Saturday, Sept. 12 and Sunday, Sept. 13 at Smith Reynolds

Airport (3801 N. Liberty St., W-S). Gates will open 10 a.m. and close at 5:30 p.m. both days. The feature show is scheduled to begin at noon and end around 4 p.m. both days.

This year’s event, which will be held rain or shine, features an all-star aviation line-up that’s sure to please plane enthusiasts of all ages. Among the planes scheduled to attend are the Sea Harrier (piloted by Art Nalls), the B-1 Bomber, the F-16 Fighting Falcon, Red Eagle Air Sports, the Trojan Horsemen’s T-28 Team, P-47 Thunderbolts, Air National Guard Aerobatics (featuring John Klatt), Ed Hamill’s Air Force Reserve Biplane Show, 101 st Airborne Screaming Eagles, Kirk Wicker J-3 Act, C-123s, T-6 Aerobatics, F-15s, F-18s, A-10s, C-17s, the T-6 Texan, the T-34 Mentor, the L-19 Bird Dog, the Focke Wulf 149D, the Boeing Stearman, the D-3 Carolina Aviation Museum, the L-39 Albatross and many more.

In addition to the breathtaking feats of fancy flying, guests will learn the illustrious histories of these classic airplanes — many of them having “served” with distinction during armed conflicts and in peacetime. Orville and Wilbur Wright made their first controlled flight little more than a century ago (in 1903), and the strides in aviation since then are a mindboggling testament to man’s ingenuity and invention. There will also be plenty of attractions on the ground, including the Piedmont Airlines memorabilia showcase, the Winston Cup Racing Museum Display, the K-9 Challenge, the British Car Club and Italian Car Club show, Parks and Recreation Department activities, live music and entertainment, the Harley Davidson motorcycle dragster, the Atlantic Coast S Gaugers Model Railroad Display, the Air Force Jet Car, martial-arts demonstrations, exhibitors, vendors, children’s activities and much more. Admission is $11 (advance) or $15 (at the gate). Senior citizens admitted for $6 (advance) or $10 (at the gate). Children (12 and under) are admitted free if accompanied by an adult (limit 3 per adult chaperone). Members of the military (with proper ID) admitted for $6 (advance) and $10 (at the gate). For more information, call 336.767.2832 or e-mail wsairshow@earthlink.net or you can check out the official website: www.wsairshow.com. • • •

Hot off the success of its five-day festival in May, the Revolve Film and Music Festival hits the road for its next presentation: An encore showing of first-time filmmaker Dianna Dilworth’s feature documentary, Mellodrama, which will be screened on Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Century Center Cinema (located on the corner of Weaver Street and N. Greensboro Street, Carrboro). The film, which explores the origins of the keyboard sampler (now an absolute necessity in recording), features exclusive interviews with such rock ‘n’ roll superstars as Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick rules), Brian Wilson, Mike Pinder, Rod Argent, Ian McDonald and many others. You can see the trailer at www.youtube.com/ watch?v=rCabuis6t2w. As an added bonus, this event will feature the world premiere of Nic Beery’s short film Melting of the Globe, a documentary that examines the efforts of musician Jay Manley and instrument maker Wes Lambe as they painstakingly design and build a 21-string guitar (!) that boasts the best of an electric guitar and sitar. So, for those in a mood to cruise to Carrboro, Revolve has something very special in store for you. Showtime is 7 p.m. Admission is $4, which includes a free bag of popcorn and a drink. For more information, see revolvefestival.com.

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