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Take to the Skies AirFest Brings Cavanaugh Flight Museum, the MiG17 and World's Smallest Jet to Durant April 27

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Take to the Skies AirFest is happy to announce the Choctaw Casino & Resort as a premium level sponsor. A AAA 4 Diamond resort, the Choctaw Casino is the perfect destination when choosing a vacation or day destination and it is adjacent to the Durant Regional Airport - Eaker Field, host to the Take to the Skies AirFest.

Are you ready for some in the sky excitement? Randy Ball returns with his MiG17 Jet bringing the huge action of high speed jet aerobatics and the noise of the afterburner, a big hit with the crowd. Justin Lewis brings his Microjet, the world's smallest jet! New to the AirFest this year is Todd McCutchan with his T34 warbird and we are proud to welcome the Cavanaugh Flight Museum out of Addison, Texas who will bring a variety of historic aircraft and make rides available to the public and Chet Kuhn, a former National Aerobatic Champion will provide more smoke and thrills with his Wolf Pitts. Mike "Spanky" Gallaway, announcer for the famous Red Bull Air Races and other prestigious events, will have you jumping in excitement as he announces the show. The stars of the AirFest are the breathtaking Trojan Phlyers Demo Team with their astounding formation aerobatics that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Piloted by highly decorated combat veteran pilots performing exciting precision close formation aerobatic routines demonstrating the cutting edge performance of the Trojan T28 warbird and the flying expertise acquired in formal military training, the Trojan Phlyers demonstrate high speed action with the roar of the big engines as they fly their historic aircraft rich in military history in a unique and thrilling performance and salute the veterans or our great nation and the men and women who continue to serve and protect us today. Jan Collmer, co founder of the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas and a veteran Navy fighter pilot, will fly his Extra 300L in maneuvers that will have you biting your knuckles. Kate Kyer, also a Captain for UPS, brings the female touch to the show which also includes the Flight of the Phoenix Museum T6 formation team and much more!

"Shutik Isht Ia" is the Choctaw translation for "Take to the Skies"! Debby Standefer, President of the Take to the Skies AirFest, stated "we are very exited to be working with and promoting the City of Durant and their beautiful airport as well as the unique opportunity to feature cultural information and education of the Choctaw Nation." Bringing the first Air Show of the season to Oklahoma and North Texas, this is not just an event; it is an experience that will affect all of the senses with something to offer every age. "We are proud to honor our military during our show". While the festival will commemorate those who have served and are serving in our military services throughout, Opening Ceremonies Saturday afternoon at the start of the air show will be action packed including Choctaw dancers and singers, honor guards, fly-bys, skydivers and more!

Durant, known as the City of Magnolias is a charming city. The airport boasts a beautiful new terminal and was named after General Ira Eaker, an aviation pioneer and war hero. Durant is home to the headquarters of the Choctaw Nation and the Choctaw Casino and Resort with its AAA 4 Star rating. Lake Texoma is only 15 minutes away. Come join for the AirFest and stay for the weekend. There's a lot to see and do!

The AirFest opens at 10:00am Saturday. Before and after the air show you will be entertained with helicopters, airplanes, warbirds, powered parachutes, skydivers, radio control aircraft and more, in static displays and demonstrations. Southeastern Oklahoma State University Aviation Sciences Institute is located at the airport. They have a phenomenal flight team who dominated their regional competition and are heading to the Nationals. We hope to have these students fly with us. Flights will be available throughout the day to the public in helicopters, warbirds and biplanes and you can also do tandem skydives! Tethered balloon rides, weather permitting, will be available on Saturday evening before the Glow. Wander through concessions of delicious foods, exhibits,vendors and activities for the kids. There is so much to see and do! Take to the Skies AirFest promises to provide something for everyone in an action packed day of fun for the entire family! There is something for every age! Bring the entire family and introduce them to the vast wonderful world of aviation and show them how they can become involved. You will love it!

Saturday evening features the ever popular "Lite the Nite" balloon glow where Hot Air Balloons will stand inflated in static display. As the sun goes down experience the breathtaking sight as the balloons start to glow like huge colorful orbs. The balloons will perform twinkle burns, waves, all burns directed by our announcer. Weather permitting, this is the one time when spectators may be able to come up close to the balloons, talk to the pilots and see just how everything looks and works. A wonderful experience!

The AirFest looks forward to working with local services and organizations. Non-profit organizations are invited to participate to raise awareness and funds. We still have openings for vendors, exhibitors and sponsors. "Sponsorship is invaluable to an event. It enables the event to grow in every way. Take to the Skies AirFest relies on sponsorships so that we can keep this a very low cost event to the public and to continue to grow the show each year. We work with our sponsors to develop active integrated programs not only to promote the sponsor and assist them in achieving their marketing goals, but to create a positive experience on site for the public. The attendance this event garners not only locally, but from spectators throughout the state, Lake Texoma, North Texas and Dallas gives us the ability to market not only our sponsors but to showcase and promote our growing airport and the wonderful city of Durant while at the same time becoming an important revenue source for the city through lodging, retail and food sales in town through the weekend. We are honored to have the support of Durant Regional Airport-Eaker Field, the City of Durant and to work with the Choctaw Nation and proud to promote these incredible entities and to showcase Durant as a destination location," Debby Standefer said.

Follow Take to the Skies AirFest on Facebook and Twitter for the latest information, and visit our website, taketotheskiesairfest.com, for our schedule and detailed information updated continuously. The festival is only $5 per person with children under 6 free. Truly an experience and one you won't soon forget, the Take to the Skies AirFest will take off Saturday April 27th at 10am through 9pm. We look forward to seeing you there!




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