Off we go into the wild, blue yonder! The Manassas Airshow, sponsored by Leaseweb, is a FREE event featuring almost a dozen daring aviation acts!

On May 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., come out to Manassas Regional Airport to see the Manassas Airshow. Civilian and military airshow performers from around the United States and Canada will show off aircraft ranging from warbirds and vintage airplanes to unlimited class aerobatic and modern military crafts. Eleven acts will take to the wild blue yonder to wow the crowds below! Here is just a sampling of the amazing demonstrators at the Manassas Air Show: The Canadian Harvard Aerobatic Team (CHAT) -- A four-plane aerobatic team, CHAT flies to honor the veterans of WWII. [caption id="attachment_7270" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Manassas Air Show Courtesy Canadian Harvards Web Site[/caption] Nalls Aviation with the Sea Harrier -- The Sea Harrier is a single-engine, single-seat vertical, short, takeoff, and landing fighter, designed for the British Royal Navy. The Nalls Sea Harrier is the world’s first and only privately-owned and flown Harrier of any kind. [caption id="attachment_7265" align="aligncenter" width="703"]Manassas Air Show Courtesy ArtNalls.com[/caption]
RJ Gritter in the Bellanca Decathlon -- RJ Gritter has developed a show sequence that includes a wide range of maneuvers and shows off the entire flight capacity of the Decathlon -- a red, white and blue aerobatic plane that pours brilliant white smoke. [caption id="attachment_7264" align="aligncenter" width="960"]Manassas Air Show Courtesy RJ Gritter Facebook[/caption] Warrior Flight Team -- A fast-paced, dynamic airshow using single or multiple high-performance jet aircraft. Besides world-class aerobatic maneuvers, the team offers one of the only demonstrations of Air Combat Maneuvering (dogfighting). [caption id="attachment_7266" align="aligncenter" width="960"]Manassas Air Show Courtesy Warrior Flight Team Facebook[/caption]

What to Know Before You Go to the Airshow

First of all, that rhymed. Secondly, you should know that the Manassas Airshow is located at the Manassas Regional Airport, 10600 Harry J. Parish Boulevard. If it's raining, the planes won't fly; rain-out date is the next day, May 6! Same bat time, same bat channel. There will be highway signs and police officers directing traffic to parking lots. Guests will be directed to an available parking space by members of the Civil Air Patrol; then, buses will transport people between the parking lots and airport entrance. Please use the buses, and do not walk along the road. Click here for directions and more detailed parking information. Donations at the gates are encouraged but not required!
You also need to know that this is a walking/standing event, so there are no seats! Bring a blanket or chairs and a stroller for the baby -- there will be lots of aviation displays and booths to look at. Food vendors will be onsite, selling food, water, and other non-alcoholic beverages. Alcohol is strongly prohibited, as is smoking of any kind. (Leave the stogies at home, Uncle Lewis)! No coolers are allowed at the event, unless you have baby food or meds in there! I guess, in the words of Forrest Gump, that's all I have to say about that. (I think he was talking about his time in Vietnam, though, not the Manassas Air Show). Will you be going to the airshow on May 5? I will! Let me know in the comments - Maybe I'll see you there!

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