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Published August 22 2009

Air Sho gates already open with show beginning later this morning

The Fargo Air Sho will kick off at 11 a.m. today at Hector International Airport, but gates for the show already are open.

Also already under way is a $5 blueberry pancake feed at the Applebees on 19th Avenue North. That goes until 10 a.m.

The Fargo Air Museum on 19th Avenue North is a main entry point for the show and serves as the event’s headquarters.

Tickets for the show are still available. They are $8 at the gate for children ages 7 to 11 and $20 at the gate for adults. Admission is free fro children ages 6 and younger.

The Air Sho runs until 5 p.m. today. While opening and closing times are set, the show times for specific acts are not, in order to accommodate unexpected changes, AirSho officials said.

A skydiving event will open the show both today and Sunday.

Acts during the day include:

• Jim “Fang” Maroney, a Fargo native who will perform aerobatic maneuvers in his “Super Chipmunk” aircraft.

• Jim Peitz, who flies acrobatics in a Beechcraft Bonanza.

• Patty Wagstaff, a 2006 Air Show Hall of Fame inductee and one of the few people who have won the U.S. National Aerobatic Championships three times.

• John Mohr, who has 25 years of experience as an air show professional. He flies a 1943 Stock Steerman PT-17 bi-plane.

• Paul Stander, known for outlandish vehicles, will demonstrate a jet-powered school bus that can top speeds of 300 mph.

• There will also be F-15E and F-4 demonstrations by the U.S. Air Force. Other military aircraft, past and present, will be presented both in the air and on the ground.

• The show will close each day with a performance by the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels, which will start their show some time in the mid afternoon, officials said.

Starting at 7:30 p.m. there will be a concert and dance at the air museum with music by The Shadows, who will feature Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison tunes. Tickets for the concert/dance are $10.