Parachute jumps, military jet flybys, head-turning aerobatics and other aerial stunts are planned Saturday for the 26th annual Riverside Air Show.

More than 90,000 people are expected for the event, which gets underway at 9:30 a.m. and goes into late afternoon at Riverside Municipal Airport.

The Menifee-based Just In Time Skydivers will welcome spectators with a parachute jump from the back of a transport plane, with two groups sprawling across the sky to deploy an American flag on their way down.

Thirty minutes later, a U.S. Air Force KC-135 from nearby March Air Reserve Base will make low passes on the airport.

Between 10:30 a.m. and noon, John Collver will perform hi-jinks in his T-6 Texan, while Vicky Benzing will do a little cutting-edge flying in her Boeing Stearman, and Jon Melby will power up his Pitts muscle bi-plane for a series of snap rolls, loops and dives.

Benzing, Collver and Melby are also slated to make encore performances in the afternoon.

A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor will pair up with a P-51 Mustang for a “Heritage Flight,” circling the airport to give onlookers a side-by-side picture of how military aviation has progressed between World War II and the present, according to organizers.

Pilots from the Commemorative Air Force will be formation flying afterward in Mustangs, C-47 Skytrains, T-34 Mentors and other classic warbirds.

A Riverside Police Department chase simulation on the airport tarmac is scheduled, using the agency’s Air 1 helicopter, a K9 team and several patrol units.

A car show, aircraft static displays and military vehicles will be available for visitors to see up-close until 5 p.m.

The air show is free to the public. Parking will be available at the airport and in surrounding lots owned by local businesses.

More information is available at riversideca.gov/airport/events/airshow/.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.