Pilots will dazzle visitors with aerial feats Saturday at the Jacqueline Cochran Air Show in Thermal.

The aviation showcase will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport, with admission and parking free to the public.

Among the performances expected — both in the air and on the ground — there will be appearances by the six-ship Patriots Jets Team; John Colliver’s War Dog; former Formula-1 driver Bill Brack and his Smoke-n-Thunder Jet Car; and the Red Eagles Formation Display Team. Riverside County Fourth District Supervisor V. Manuel Perez and Assistant County Executive Officer Rob Field will give welcoming remarks to kick off the show, which includes a variety of vintage and civilian aircraft on display, along with food trucks, merchandise and other specialty vendors.

“The Jacqueline Cochran Air Show is a key way Riverside County and the cities promote and tell the story of this airport, an economic engine in our backyard with an integral role in our community and economic future,” Perez said. “Featuring some of the top air show performers in the country, aircraft displays and food trucks, there will be plenty of sights and entertainment in the air and on the ground to enjoy.”

Both the airport and biennial show are named after Cochran, an aviation pioneer and longtime Coachella Valley resident who regularly flew out of the Thermal airport during her long career.

For more information on the show, visit www.JCAirShow.com or call (877) EDA-2AIR.

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