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Take to the skies in November with ’Wings Over Houston’

Take to the skies in November with ’Wings Over Houston’
HARRY AND LINDA KAYE PEREZ Debby Rihn-Harvey is one of the highest-ranked aerobatics competitors in the United States. She’ll wow Wings Over Houston participants with her breathtaking performance in the Hurricane 2.

On Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 1-2, the skies over southeast Houston at Ellington Field (just 202 miles from La Vernia) will become a crowded place with dozens of warbirds and aerobatic RVs (amateur-built aircraft) demonstrating their skills in high-powered performances.

Fortunately, it will be an organized crowded sky, as the Wings Over Houston airshow brought to you by the volunteer efforts of the Gulf Coast Wing, Houston Wing, and Tora! Tora! Tora! of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF). They will have additional support from the Lone Star Flight Museum in Galveston, the Texas Flying Museum based at Ellington Airport, and the Vietnam War Flight Museum.

The show will begin at 10 a.m. on both days, with gates opening at 8 in the morning so you can browse and get ready for the thrill of your life. Explore dozens of static displays of vintage and modern aircraft. Be sure to visit the Legends and Heroes Autograph Tent, where you will have the opportunity to meet many interesting and famous characters from the aviation world, including World War II flying aces, decorated war-heroes, and honored veterans; they are always happy to sign autographs.

Power performers

This year, one of the performers will be Debby Rihn-Harvey, one of the highest-ranked aerobatics competitors in the United States. She is part of a group of elite aviators and is considered at the top of a growing number of women flying in this category. She flies a high-performance aerobatic CAP 232 aircraft, known as the Hurricane 2. Rihn-Harvey is also the longest-standing member of the U.S. Unlimited Aerobatics Team, and has qualified 15 times to represent the United States in World Aerobatic Championships in North America and Europe. In world competition, Debby has been a gold medalist and holds many regional titles.

Another top-notch performer is National Aviation Hall of Fame member Sean D. Tucker, known as the top civilian aerobatics star in the world. Sean will perform his high-energy routine, including completing the world’s only inverted triple-ribbon cut.

Not to be outdone, other elite performances will include favorites such as David Martin’s Breitling Air Show, Matt Chapman’s Air Show, the infamous Korean War’s North American F-86 Sabre Jet, the Russian-built Mig-17F, the U.S. Navy “Fat Albert” C-130, Re/Max Skydive Team, Radio Controlled Aircraft Demonstration, World War II Airpower Demonstration, the MV-22 Osprey-USMC, and even the Shockwave Jet Truck will be there to blast away.

Dramatic derring-do

One of the all-time crowd favorites is Tora! Tora! Tora! - the reenactment of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. From the time the narrator begins his moving rendition of that fateful day until the final fly-by of all eight warbirds over the wall of fire, you will find yourself totally immersed in this fabulous history lesson that includes explosions filling the sky with fire and smoke, dogfights, and expertly choreographed flight.

Other notable aircraft performing or on display include The Texas Raiders, a Boeing B-17 Air Fortress, and the Tuskegee Airmen a rare P-51C, restored and dedicated to the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen. There will be a tribute to the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force with a Flight Heritage Flight performance of modern military aircraft flying with World War II-, Korea-, or Vietnam-era fighters. It will be a dramatic display of U.S. Air Force airpower history, and will honor the brave men and women who have or are currently serving in the Air Force.

The two-day extravaganza will end each day with a thunderous performance by the U.S. Navy’s “Blue Angels.” For 20 glorious minutes, the F/A 18 Hornet Aircraft will streak across the sky right in front of you and leave you standing in awe.

Flights of fancy

Several vintage aircraft will offer 20- to 25-minute rides to the general public. They range from $195 to $1,100 per person, depending on the type of aircraft. For more information, visit the Wings Over Houston website.

This year’s Wings Over Houston Airshow promises to be another breathtaking, heart-stopping, jaw-dropping and out-of-this-world nonstop thrill. Plan to join in the fun!

Helpful Information

The Wings Over Houston airshow takes place Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 1-2, at Ellington Field, located approximately 20 minutes south of Houston in the Clear Lake area.

¢Purchase tickets in advance and find event information at Wings Over Houston,

¢Take lawn chairs or a blanket, sun block, and ear protection, especially for the little ones.

¢No coolers, glass bottles, alcoholic beverages or large tote bags.

¢No pets, skateboards, and rollerblades.

Harry and Linda Kaye Perez are freelance writers from just down the road from Floresville. Together they share a passion for traveling and writing, and discovering the very best in all corners of the world. Email them at

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