AirFest 2011 scheduled lineup announced

Staff Report

Chicago Rockford International Airport (RFD) has announced the performer lineup planned for AirFest 2011 June 4 and 5. The show will include 14 military and civilian performers, including the previously-announced headliner, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels.

Other performers include: military—the U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute team, U.S. Navy Leap Frogs parachute team, U.S. Navy F-18 Super Hornet, and the U.S. Navy F-15 Strike Eagle; civilian performers—Rich’s Incredible Pyro, Bill Stein Airshows, The Firebirds, Sean D. Tucker, Dave Dacy Airshows, Matt Chapman Airshows, Lucas Oil Airshow, The Horsemen and Aerostars Aerobatic Team.

“Our goal is to make each AirFest bigger and uniquely better than the last so it remains the premier family-friendly event for the entire region, and the AirFest 2011 lineup does just that!” said Bob O’Brien, executive director of Chicago Rockford International Airport. “With the Blue Angels returning for the first time since 2007, and a great mix of other acts, this is bound to be an exciting show for the tens of thousands in attendance.”

AirFest 2011 is also expected to feature more than 30 static aircraft on display. One of the special things about AirFest is that attendees can walk up to—sometimes step inside of—a range of military, commercial and civilian aircraft. AirFest 2011 will also include children’s activities, concessions and other fun things to see and do.

AirFest 2011 tickets are still deeply discounted, but advance prices go up April 1. Attendees have until then to buy General Admission tickets at half of the gate price. Prices now are: Adults, $7.50 advance, $10 as of April 1, gate price $15. Youth (ages 5-12) $4 advance, $5 as of April 1, gate price $5. Children ages 4 and younger get in free; no tickets needed.

Other popular AirFest ticket packages, including the Family Four-Pack and Captain’s Club chalet, will see ticket price increases April 1 as well.

“Now is the best time to get tickets if you haven’t already. We always have a great show, but now we can proudly announce the fall lineup,” said AirFest Director Geoff Oman. “We’ve kept General Admission tickets prices at the same level as last year, and offer great advance discounts because we want as many people as possible to enjoy AirFest!”

AirFest 2010 drew about 90,000 people, and RFD expects at least as many to come to this year’s event.

AirFest 2011 will commemorate the centennial of naval aviation with the theme “Honoring Heroes.” The show is one of only 32 events in the country that have been given Tier One status by the U.S. Navy this year, giving AirFest a boost in attracting performers and static aircraft.

Residents are invited to nominate their own “Hero” by sending RFD a story of someone from the Rockford area who serves the community. A Hero can be anyone: the men and women who have served and are serving in our military, a teacher who has helped mold our young people, a community volunteer, etc. For more information, visit

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