Each year, organizers of the Ada Air Expo and Ray Stout Memorial Warbird Fly-in choose someone to serve as the event’s grand marshal.
This year’s honor went to Ada resident Darrell Bolich, a veteran of World War II who landed on Omaha Beach with the U.S. Navy as part of the D-Day invasion in Normandy, France.
As grand marshal, Bolich will be introduced to the audience and lead the Pledge of Allegiance before the air expo starts on Saturday, June 7. An air-conditioned tent for veterans will be part of the show.
Bolich, 89, said he was looking forward to the event.
“I appreciate the honor,” he said.
The 11th annual Ada Air Expo will take place June 6 and 7 at Ada Municipal Airport, located two miles north of downtown Ada at 2800 Airport Road. Admission to the event is free, but there is a parking fee of $10 per vehicle each day or $15 for a two-day pass.
The show begins at 1 p.m. June 6, when tandem skydviding jumps will be available for $199 per person. The fee covers the cost of ground school and one jump, and patrons can buy a video of their jump for an additional $90.
Helicopter rides will be offered from 1 to 7 p.m., and the display aircraft — including a Vietnam-era Caribou — will arrive between 3 and 8 p.m. The gates officially open at 3 p.m.
The Ada chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association will sponsor airplane rides from 6 to 8:30 p.m., and a hamburger fry will run from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The EAA will serve burgers, chips and drinks for $6 apiece as a fundraiser.
The EAA and the city will sponsor a free showing of the Disney film “Planes” from 7 to 8:30 p.m., and pilot Gene Soucy will perform his aerobatic act from 8:45 to 9 p.m.
A timed 5K “glow run,” in which participants are sprayed with a glow-in-the-dark material, will take place from 9 to 10 p.m. on the airport runway.
The activities will continue June 7, with gates opening at 8 a.m. EAA-sponsored plane rides and tandem jumps will take place from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Helicopter rides will be available from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., and the air show will run from noon to 3 p.m. Tandem jumps will resume from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
The event will include a free zone for kids, which will be available both days.
The air show is one of Ada’s biggest events, drawing more than 5,000 patrons each year, said Lisa Bratcher, public specialist for the city.
“It’s an exciting time,” she said.
For more information, visit www.adaairexpo.com.
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