Selfridge Air Show This Weekend

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The 2011 Selfridge Air Show and Open House will held this weekend, Aug. 20-21. The show, which opens at 8 a.m. at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, features free admission and free parking.

The show will feature dozens of aircraft parked on display at the base, including current and historic military aircraft, and a lengthy flying demonstration. In addition, a wide variety of military ground vehicles and equipment will be on display. All branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, several agencies of the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, NASA and several veterans organizations will have items on display at the show in what is easily Michigan's largest free air show.

Selfridge is located near the junction of M-59 and I-94 in Harrison Township. Entry to the base on the days of the show, Saturday and Sunday, can be made from Jefferson Avenue via 21 Mile Road or from North River Road. The portion of M-59 which runs along the north edge of the base will be closed on the days of the show.

Show patrons are invited to bring cameras and a small diaper bag, as needed. Large coolers are prohibited. A complete list of restricted items and other helpful tips is available at www.selfridgeairshow.org. A variety of concession food and souvenirs will be available on the base on the day of the show.

The show runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Public admission to the base will be closed at 2 p.m. Visitors to the base are encouraged to arrive early, as traffic is often heavy. Information on the show can be heard via radio station 89.7FM within the immediate vicinity of the base.

On Friday, Aug. 19, the air show weekend kicks off with a dinner party on the base and an outdoor concert featuring rocker Eddie Money, a fly-by of several aircraft, and fireworks. Ticket information on the dinner and concert is available at www.selfridgeairshow.org.

The air show is organized by the 127th Wing of the Michigan Air National Guard, the host unit at Selfridge. The 127th Wing flies the KC-135 Stratotanker, an aerial refueler, and the A-10 Thunderbolt II, also known as the Warthog, which is an air-to-ground attack fighter. In addition to the Wing, Selfridge is home to numerous other military and federal agencies, which fly a variety of helicopters and small, light fixed-wing aircraft. All of the Selfridge-based aircraft will be on display during the air show.

More information on the 127th Wing and Selfridge Air National Guard Base is available at www.127wg.ang.af.mil.