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Date(s) - 07/06/2014 - 07/13/2014
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Lebanon-Springfield Airport

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10th Annual Jets Over Kentucky Week

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2014 Pilot Registration

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Tent Registration

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Rolling, looping, spinning, and racing – that’s what spectators will see taking place at the 10th annual Jets Over Kentucky, coming up July 6 – 13 at the Springfield/Lebanon Airport in Lebanon, Kentucky. Event organizers are expecting as many as 200 pilots from across the globe at this year’s event, which has grown over the years into the world’s largest remote control jet show.

Spectators are welcome to come throughout the week and watch the pilots practice and do their warm up routines; however, the main show will be a gated event taking place on Friday and Saturday, at which a nominal $5 fee will be charged for attendees ages 12 and up.  Children under the age of 12 will receive free admission.  The gates will open to the public at 8 am both days.

On Friday evening at dark, there will be a unique Parade of Lights, where all of the jets turn on their lights and travel in parade formation down the tarmac.  Immediately following the parade will be an hour-long fireworks display.  According to Lewis Patton, the event organizer and factory representative for Jet Central, they were told by several spectators in 2011 that the Jets Over Kentucky fireworks show “was larger than the city of Lexington’s on the Fourth of July.”  Patton assures attendees that this year’s display will match last year’s in every way.

The opening ceremonies will take place at noon on Saturday, followed by an impressive event called the Fighter Jet Showdown, which Patton states is a “must-see” for all attendees.  Spectators can expect to see anything and everything that they’ve seen at a full scale aerobatic jet show including high speed passes, 9G turns, and simulated bomb runs.

After a successful trial run in 2013, tours of the private plane tents will be offered once again by some of the pilots.  Since spectators are not allowed to touch the planes, as they range in price anywhere from $20,000 to $100,000, this is an excellent opportunity to get up close to these unique machines. Those tours will begin at noon on Friday and Saturday and take place on the hour until dark.

According to Patton, there will be all sorts of recognizable planes at this year’s show, from F-15’s to F-4 Phantoms to a Stealth Fighter Jet.  One of the most interesting jets that will be on display this year belongs to Lance Campbell from St. Louis, Missouri. His plane, the SR-71 spy plane, is over 13 feet long and is valued at $100,000.  “B1 Bob” will be displaying his B-1 Bomber, another unique machine according to Patton, and Craig Gottchang, a pilot during the Vietnam War, will be bringing an A10 that Patton considers a “don’t miss.”

The 200 pilots attending this year’s Jets Over Kentucky event are coming from all over the world, including Spain, Europe, Iceland, Asia, and Germany.  Patton explained than an entire team from Spain as well as large contingents from Mexico and Canada will be coming this year.

In addition, remote control jet enthusiasts will appreciate this year’s merchandise area, as vendors from the U.S., England, Germany and Spain will be set up with some of the newest inventions, model jet kits, and technology for remote control planes. This is the first year international vendors will exhibit at this event, once again showing the incredible growth that Jets Over Kentucky has experienced over the past few years.

For more information on the event, a list of sponsors, or for pilot registration, visit http://www.rcuniverse.com.

If you go:

Remember to bring your own chair, as the event will have general admission seating.  Festival organizers recommend bringing umbrellas in case the weather gets too hot and shade is needed.  Food vendors will be on hand, as well as merchandise vendors.

Bring your $5 gate admission and plenty of money for food and shopping.  This year, there will be a limited number of DVDs and Blu Ray copies of the 2014  show for purchase.  Commemorative dated t-shirts will also be available on-site.

 

Schedule at a Glance:

Friday:

8 am, Gates Open
12 pm, Tours of plane areas begin
Dark, Parade of Lights (around 9:30 pm)
After Parade, hour-long Fireworks Display

 

Saturday:

8 am, Gates Open
12 pm, Opening Ceremony
12 pm, Tours of plane areas begin
After Opening, Fighter Jet Showdown, Sport Jet Challenge, Apache Demo
4 pm, Candy Drop for children
Dark, Gates Close