Ashe Air Show to Take-off June 11: Inaugural Showcase to Benefit Habit for Humanity

by Jesse Campbell

Even though organizers can not tell you exactly when the last time a daredevil of the sky attempted a barrel roll or any other aerobatic maneuver in Ashe County, they can tell you it's been too long.

So when local airplane aficionados set out to stir interest for a High Country barnstorming show that would also put on display relics from the golden age of aviation, they also decided to go the non profit route to benefit a deserving organization.

With the net proceeds to benefit the Ashe County Habitat for Humanity (ACHH), pilots and air show buffs across the region are prepping the Ashe County Airport for the June 11 Wheels and Wings Open House from 10 a.m to 5 p.m.

Along with static displays and a classic car show by the Heritage Iron Club, death defying, yet experienced pilots will test their mettle while piloting biplanes, WWII era aircraft, vintage Steerman and other aircraft.

While those looking to explore the blue heavens above through airplane rides available to the public, flight simulations will be offered for enthusiasts who are looking for a more grounded experience. There will also be two raffles for what organizers have dubbed as "thrill rides."

Doc Adams, a board member for ACHH, said the aerial showcase will also be a "fly-in" event, meaning pilots from anywhere within range will be flying in to the remote Appalachian port for the show.

And Adams isn't the only excited one for the return of loop-to-loops or eventails to Ashe County.

"This is going to be a great day in Ashe County," Main Event Organizer Mark Shilling said.

Admission is $5 and parking will be available at Mountain View Elementary School, Family Central and Friendship Baptist Church with buses transporting riders to the airport.

For more information, contact the ACA at (336) 982-5144 or Doc Adams at (336) 877-9080.

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