Big changes for the Jacqueline Cochran Air Show
Vintage, Military, and civilian aircraft will all be on display Saturday, but this is the last year the people in Thermal can call the air show their own.
The show will now alternate locations between the Jacqueline Cochran Airport and the airport in Hemet.
Veronica Casper is the Marketing Manager of the Air Show in Thermal, and she let us know why the show just can't stay put. "We're county funded, so the budget is impacting us and we just look to get more sponsors and continue the tradition though," she said.
John Collver flies his World War II SNJ Texan at air shows up and down the West Coast, but he isn't surprised by the move. He said, "Due to the economic situation of everything, it doesn't surprise me totally. But at least it's going to be around and we're just offsetting every other year, and then of course with EDA on the other side of the hill, we'll have the Hemet air show."
However, just because the show won't be here in 2013, it doesn't mean there isn't an upside to switching airports. Penny Nelson owns Tradition Aviation at the airport, and she's found the good in this situation. "It's a little disappointing but I think doing it every other year, we will be able to bring more to this show, and it will be a bigger show. So I think it'll bring more to the community, doing it every other year, rather than spending per year," she said.
The show is still sure to be a great one. Sean Tucker and Team Oracle we're nice enough to take a few of our crew out for a fly along this morning. They gave us an up close sneak peak at some of the moves they'll be using to awe crowds this weekend.
For the living legend of aviation, Sean Tucker, the show is like a home coming.
"Well, I'm all excited to come to Thermal, I haven't been here in years. Jackie Cochran Airport, she is an iconic, historic figure," Tucker said. "I was born in Riverside County, I've never performed here, it's the last show of the year and so my goal is to fly better than I ever have in my life."
Make sure to bring a seat along with you if you plan on attending, details on the show can be found at http://www.jacquelinecochranairshow.org/
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