Two New Air Shows Ahead For 2009

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Air shows continue to be one of the best vehicles for introducing the masses to the world of aviation, and this week brought announcements about two major new shows coming up next year. Colorado Sport Aviation said it will launch the Colorado Sport International Air Show and Rocky Mountain Regional Fly-In at the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport in Denver, on Aug. 22-23. The Rocky Mountain Fly-In has been held at various locations in its 29-year history, and this will be a new venue, incorporating the airport's popular annual open house event. The airport, located between Denver and Boulder, is close to plenty of tourist facilities and potential visitors, and provides spectacular mountain scenery.

Also, Branson Airport, in Branson, Mo., will host the first annual Branson Air Show, May 8-10, which will set the stage for the grand opening of the brand-new, privately operated commercial airport on May 11. Acts will include the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, the Aeroshell Aerobatic Team, Manfred Radius, Patty Wagstaff, and more, plus plenty of warbirds on display. More performers are expected to be confirmed soon. Branson Airport is the first privately financed and operated commercial airport in the U.S. Organizers of the $155 million project say it will create a more pleasant travel experience for customers.