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The Central Coast Airfest Committee, along with the Santa Maria Airport, is very excited to present the second annual Central Coast Airfest at…
As a kid, Garret Schmitz was enchanted by an aerobatic performance by the U.S. Air Combat Command’s F16 Viper Demo in his hometown of Price, Utah. Years later, he ended up becoming not only an Air Force pilot, but a pilot with the same demonstration team he saw when he was young. Schmitz now tours the country to perform with the Viper Demo in various air shows, including the Central Coast AirFest.
Capt. Jim Bergman flies over the Santa Maria Valley and Righetti High School, lower left, in his AT-6 Texan, a single-engine advanced aircraft…
At this year’s Central Coast AirFest, pilot and performer Eric Tucker will be elevating the act he premiered for the first time in 2018. It involves a terrified flyer, an ambulance and a few scares for the audience, but it ultimately ends in laughter.
While much of the fanfare around the Central Coast AirFest celebrates talent on the aerobatics scene, the event also honors the country’s military history and pilots who served in years past.
This year’s AirFest will feature not only amazing pilots and breathtaking aerobatics, but honored guest Capt. Charles Plumb, a Vietnam War veteran, accomplished pilot and motivational speaker.
In the competitive world of air shows, promoters are frequently seeking out interesting aircraft to perform beyond the typical monoplane. At this year’s Central Coast AirFest, viewers will witness pilot Vicky Benzing perform a World War II cadet-style aerobatic show in a bright red 1940 Boeing Stearman.
“We were absolutely thrilled to have been chosen as the top civilian airshow by ICAS, particularly since this was our first airshow” said Chris Kunkle, Airfest Committee chairman. “We could not have done this without the tremendous support of the airport district, volunteers, and our great sponsors."
Toro was the one they came to see. Air Force Maj. Garrett Smith, call sign Toro, and his F-16 Fighting Falcon, commonly known as the Viper, were the stars of Saturday’s second Central Coast AirFest at the Santa Maria Public Airport.
The Central Coast AirFest is set to take to the skies over Santa Maria this weekend offering spectators the chance to experience the beauty of aviation with several types of aircraft. Planes and helicopters, new and old, will show their prowess in the air as attendees get close to machines that have captured the imagination of generations.
The Central Coast AirFest takes flight at the Santa Maria Public Airport today for two days of on-the-ground displays and aerial demonstration…