Virginia Beach Military Aviation Museum & Enthusiasts Step Back in Time for World War I Airshow

Fokker Dr.I (yellow)VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (Sept. 4, 2015) – The Military Aviation Museum’s Biplanes and Triplanes World War One Air Show kicks off Saturday, Oct. 3-4, in Pungo, Va., taking guests back to the 1920s for a weekend of flying, colorful World War One aircraft, live performances, elaborate reenactor encampments, a hangar-side movie showing, and more.

“Biplanes and Triplanes is all about immersing yourself in the 1920s. Folks come for the experience—watching the beautifully painted World War One airplanes dance through the sky, the entertainers, the history of it all. Whether you are an aviation buff or just someone looking for a great day out with the family, it’s a day you’ll remember,” said Mike Potter, Director of the Military Aviation Museum.

Beginning 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, guests are invited to wander through reenactor encampments, check out the on-site flea market exhibiting military and aviation memorabilia, and enjoy afternoon flights featuring the Military Aviation Museum’s World War One aircraft. 1920s-themed entertainers will take to the Museum’s stage throughout the weekend, to include The Manhattan Dolls, Theresa Eaman and other notable performers, such as the famous Charlie Chaplin. While at the show, delicious cuisine will be provided by local food vendors.

Visitors will also have the unique opportunity to witness part of the Mid-Atlantic WWI Dawn Patrol, a world-class display of remote-controlled flight in the spirit of WWI-era aviation, featuring pilots from around the world. To finish off Saturday’s festivities, the Museum will host a chicken/steak dinner, available for purchase online or at the gate, and a hangar-side showing of the movie Fly Boys. Activities end at 9 p.m. on Saturday, October 3, and 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 4.

For those that want to not only watch, but take to the skies themselves, the Military Aviation Museum will offer airplane rides over the incredible Virginia Beach landscape in two of their open-cockpit planes. Both their 1941 Boeing Stearman, which accommodates one passenger, and their Waco YMF-5, which fits two, will be available for booking. To schedule your flight, visit http://www.militaryaviationmuseum.org/RideWithUs.html

Tickets are available online at an early-bird rate through September 28—$20 for an adult single-day admission or $40 for an adult weekend admission. Youth admission tickets at the early-bird rate are available for $10 for a single day admission and $15 for the weekend. After September 28, tickets will be sold online and at the door at regular rates. To purchase tickets, visit http://www.militaryaviationmuseum.org/ww1-airshow_2015%20tickets.html

For more information about the Biplanes & Triplanes Air Show, call the Military Aviation Museum at 757- 721-7767 or go online to www.VBairshow.com.

About the Mid-Atlantic WWI Dawn Patrol:

September 30, through October 4, 2015, is the fourth annual Mid-Atlantic WWI Dawn Patrol at the Military Aviation Museum—a world-class display of remote-controlled flight in the spirit of WWI-era aviation. Pilots from around the world will converge at the museum to demonstrate their talents both as pilots and as model builders. One of the fastest growing festivals for remote-control aviation, the Dawn Patrol will showcase models of up to 65-percent scale, all built to exacting standards, illustrating some of the more colorful specimens of the earliest warbirds. The event is produced in partnership with Tidewater R/C (Charter #641), the local chapter of the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA). Flights will take place from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. all week and will be included in the Biplanes & Triplanes Air Show over the weekend.

About the Military Aviation Museum:

A 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization, the Military Aviation Museum is home to one of the world’s largest collections of airworthy military aircraft from the first 50-years of flight. Truly a living museum, its aircraft are in restoration at facilities around the world. Besides the main Museum the Virginia Beach complex features additional exhibition spaces, including a mid-1930s Luftwaffe hangar, originally from Cottbus, Germany, which now serves to house the Museum’s collection of WWII-vintage German aircraft. Additional structures include the WWI Hangar, in which reside the Museum’s genuine 1918 Curtiss JN-4D Jenny and other aircraft of the period. Visitwww.militaryaviationmuseum.org for more information or call 757-721-7767.

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