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Air show climbs skies over Auburn

Dinner-dance tonight puts event in full swing
By: Paul Cambra Journal staff writer
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It’s a busy week for the skies above Auburn. While the fireworks may have brought forth a few “ooohs and aaahs” last weekend, what’s about to soar through our wild blue yonder may send a roar through those gathered below. “Thunder in the Sky,” the 2010 version of the Auburn Air Fair, kicks off today with a barbecue dinner and some 1940s-era dancing to the sounds of “Sister Swing.” On Saturday, vintage warbirds — that means WWII-era and noisy — and antique planes share the tarmac with air racers, military jets and experimental aircraft. You can take a ride in a helicopter, watch a radio-controlled model airplane demonstration, check out a flying car from 1956 and win a chance to fly with a jet team. Also expect to see — or at least hear — a military fly-by from Beale Air Force Base. Tim O’Brien is not a pilot, he just has a keen interest in aviation. That’s why he’s chaired the Grass Valley Air Show since 1999 and is helping promote this one. “We like to call this the ‘biggest little air show in Northern California’ because it’s all up close and personal,” O’Brien said. “I really enjoy the fellowship and getting a chance to meet the pilots. It’s a patriotic, personable, delightful, unique type of show that’s fit for the whole family.” The show alternates between the Auburn Municipal and the Nevada County airports every other year. This year, one lucky raffle winner will get a chance to ride with the Patriots L-39 Jet Team as they do maneuvers, fly-bys and low passes. “Having the Patriot team streaming red, white and blue smoke overhead will be one of the biggest thrills we’ve had here,” said Carol Uhouse, the event’s sponsor chairperson. “I got an e-mail from a pilot who’s been flying for 26 years. He’s going to be up there with them and he said it will be the highlight of his life.” It all takes place at the Auburn Municipal Airport, with proceeds from the event going toward aviation scholarships for local youth and the airport’s beautification. For more information, call (530) 889-2000 or visit www.thunderinthesky.org. --------------------------- Auburn Air Fair 2010 Hangar party and dinner-dance What: Tri-tip and chicken barbecue, no-host bar, entertainment by Sister Swing When: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday Where: Nella Oil Company Hangar, Rickenbacker Way, Auburn Municipal Airport Cost: $30 dinner-dance; $15 dance only Thunder in the Sky What: Special appearance by the Patriots L-39 Jet Team, airplane and helicopter rides, fly-bys, experimental and vintage aircraft displays, model airplane demonstrations When: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday Where: Auburn Municipal Airport, New Airport Road off Bell Road in Auburn Cost: $10 adults; $5 seniors and children ages 6-12; 5 and under free Info: (530) 889-2000, www.thunderinthesky.org