ADA – An estimated 3,000 to 5,000 spectators are expected to be at Ada Municipal Airport Friday and Saturday for the fourth annual Ada Air Expo and Fly-in. More than 35 airplanes will take part in this official Oklahoma Centennial celebration.

This fourth annual Ada Air Expo and Ray Stout Memorial Warbird Fly-in is presented by Ada Air Expo Inc., Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 1005 and other sponsors. In keeping with the Oklahoma Centennial theme, admission this year is free to the public.

In conjunction with the Ada Air Expo, the Ada Lions Club will host the first state championship “Pigs Can Fly” Barbecue Cook-off, which is creating a lot of excitement. This is a Kansas City Barbecue Society-sanctioned competition cook-off.

Many of the planes appearing in the air show will begin arriving at the Ada airport Friday afternoon.

A hamburger cookout is also scheduled from 6-7:30 p.m. Friday in a covered shed at the airport. It is open to the public. Cost for the food is $5 per person for a hamburger, chips and drink. Proceeds will benefit the local EAA chapter.

Airport gates open at 8:30 a.m. Saturday and the air show is from 12-3 p.m.

The air show will include a variety of aerobatic acts along with an impressive static display of historic aircraft. Airplane rides will also be available for a nominal fee.

Aerial acts featured this year include Randy Harris and his Bearfeat Aerobatics. Also featured is Steve Cowell with the famous Double Vee, the Tuskegee Airmen AT-6 aircraft. The Double Vee is the only authentic, fully restored aircraft in existence once utilized by the now famous Tuskegee Airmen. This North American T-6 was purchased by Steve Cowell of Denver, Colo., in August 1997 and is currently based at Front Range Airport. Cowell researched the aircraft’s history through the United States Air Force Historical Research Agency at Maxwell AFB in Alabama.

Kelly Pietrowicz, Kyle Franklin with Super Club, and LTC John “Hitman” Hilterman with Extra 300 will also be performing.

Kelly P. will demonstrate the aerobatic capabilities of her Pitts S2 biplane.

Harris is becoming one of the industry’s top air show performers. Noted for his invention of the Hammerslide and GroverO maneuvers, he has thrilled millions of fans in the Skybolt 300, which he built. With more than 1,000 hours in the Skybolt, he demonstrates the art of precision aerobatics by forcing the big biplane to tumble out of control and then knows precisely when to recover.

The award-winning Skybolt 300 is the only air show plane flying that was built in the living room of a condominium. Harris has won several top awards at air shows around the country and has been featured in numerous aviation magazines. The Skybolt is based at Gundy’s Arpark near Tulsa and this is Harris’ 12th year on the air show circuit.

The Sooner Air Magic Show Team, Oklahoma’s premier radio-controlled air show demonstration team, was a big hit with last year’s air expo spectators and is returning by popular demand this year.

This team is one of only 30 air show teams sanctioned by the Academy of Model Aeronautics in the world today and the only radio-controlled air show team in Oklahoma. The team was formed in 1998 and has performed at more than 60 air shows in the United States.

The 10-member team demonstrates a wide variety of aircraft, including antique aircraft, warbirds and unlimited high performance aerobatic planes, complete with smoke systems. This team has numerous specialty acts, such as a banner-towing Piper Club, Golden Age pylon racers, the world-famous flying lawn mower, and the world’s smallest skydiver.

Also appearing at the air show is the North American T-6 Texan, known as “the pilot maker” because of its important role in preparing pilots for combat. The Texan filled the need for a basic combat trainer in World War II and beyond.

The Mitchell B-25 bomber Martha Jean, based in Tulsa, will also take part in the Ada event, along with a DC3/R4D, known as “N34.” The plane has had a distinguished career with the Federal Aviation Agency, culminating with its appearance at air shows and at stops on the National Air Tour during the celebration of the Centennial of Flight. The public is invited to tour the N34 while it is at the Ada Air Expo.

The Oklahoma National Guard will be onsite with its rock climbing wall, obstacle course and various vehicles and weapons.

Contestants for the barbecue cook off will cook their entries all night Friday and be ready for the judging on Saturday. A $1,000 prize is offered for the grand champion. Other cash prizes and trophies will be awarded to winners in each category.

During the barbecue contest, certain contestants will cook a brisket, to be provided by the Lions Club, to allow attendees to “taste” their cooking. This is a highlight of the event and venue for the Lions Club to raise money. Other types of food will also be available.

For more information on the air expo and the barbecue cook off, go to the air expo Website at www.adaairexpo.com

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