Gates will open at 9 a.m. – Event is free and open to the public
third straight year, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the City of
Prescott will co-host the Wings Out West Airshow, featuring an aerial
demonstration, a variety of static military and civilian aircraft
displays and an aeronautical tech fair at Prescott Regional Airport,
Ernest A. Love Field on Saturday, October 5. A variety of food vendors and
concessions will also be on site.
year’s show for the third consecutive year is Embry-Riddle airshow pilot Matt
Chapman. This will be the final performance for Chapman in Prescott, who will
retire at the conclusion of the 2019 airshow season. Attendees will enjoy
additional performances from Bill Stein, Rob Holland, Kent Pietsch, Cindy
Irish, Vampire Airshows, The Liberty Jump Team, and Embry-Riddle’s own 12-time
national champion Golden Eagles Flight Team.
A B-17, B-25, and
C-47 aircraft from the Commemorative Air Force— along with an AH-1 Cobra attack
helicopter from the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation will offer rides
available for purchase.
Embry-Riddle and the
City of Prescott are honored to welcome Lt. Col. (RET) Dave Hamilton as the
guest of honor. Lt. Col. Hamilton is the last living Pathfinder pilot who flew
on D-Day. He will be joining the Wings Out West celebration upon his return
from England and France where he attended ceremonies honoring the 75th
anniversary of the D-Day invasion and its veterans. Lt. Col. Hamilton has
received four Air Medals, nine stars on his ETO campaign ribbon, two
Presidential Unit Citations, Military Order of William from Holland, and
was awarded the French Legion of Honor Medal. In recognition of the 75th
anniversary of D-Day, a historic C-53 aircraft named “D-Day Doll”
will fly and be on static display at this year’s show.
“We are so excited to
once again partner with the City of Prescott and welcome our community to the
Wings Out West Airshow,” said Embry-Riddle Chancellor Dr. Anette Karlsson. “We
love being a part of this community and we really want our friends and
neighbors to get to know us, our amazing students, our alumni, and our
world-class faculty and staff.”
Gates at Prescott
Regional Airport will open to the public at 9 a.m., with the aerial
demonstration taking place from 10 a.m. to noon. Admission and parking will be
free. Limited parking will be available at Prescott Regional Airport.
Attendees should enter the airport at the Deep Well Ranch roundabout (Highway
89). There will be ample signage and personnel directing traffic to designated
airport parking areas. Additional parking will be available at The Heights
Church located off Larry Caldwell Drive (Highway 89A). Shuttle service
will be available to the event. For additional information about parking,
including maps and more detailed airport information, go to www.PRCAirport.com.
“We are pleased to
continue the Wings Out West partnership with Embry-Riddle for the third year in
a row,” said Prescott Mayor Greg Mengarelli. “We truly appreciate this
partnership in bringing a world class air show to the citizens of Prescott.”
Mengarelli added that
2019 has been another notable year for Prescott Regional Airport. “The first
year of essential air service with United Express, operated by SkyWest
Airlines, we had over 26,000 enplanements (boardings), and over 53,000 total
passengers,” he said. “We will be breaking ground soon on the new passenger
terminal as well, and are expecting it to be operational by late Fall 2020.”
information on Wings Out West performers, visit: http://prescott.erau.edu/octoberwest/wings-out-west-airshow/index.html.