Airshow This Weekend

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, March 14, 2008

The event will feature dozens of planes on display, aviation booths and flight simulators. But the big draw is the US Navy’s Blue Angels and other aerial acrobats.

Hanglider Dan Buchanan is one of the stunt pilots. He’s flown thousands of hours despite being paralyzed from the waist down.    

"I don’t fly off mountains anymore. I’m on flat ground at an airport on a runway so I use a winch system that’s mounted inside of a trailer and my truck and trailer drive down the runway at 35 MPH and I lift off so to speak."

Buchanan circles and dives to a musical accompaniment….while smoke and streamers trail behind as he descends.

Cheryl Marcell is with the airshow. She says the two-day event helps boost the local economy.

"We obviously use a lot of hotel rooms, we use a lot of food and beverage, we spend money in the restaurants, we buy airplane gas, so the economy really does benefit by having the airshow for just the two days it’s here."

Marcell says between 70,000 - 100,000 people are expected to attend the airshow.