The Auburn University Regional Airport is bringing the first true air show to eastern Alabama since 1984 when the Auburn-Opelika Airshow kicks off on May 11. Attendees will be able to watch aerobatic displays, see vintage warbirds, participate in the Touch A Truck event and see the newly constructed terminal at the Auburn University Regional Airport.
“We are expecting a little more than 10,000 people at the airshow,” said Beth Witten, airshow coordinator. “We are really looking forward to being able to bring aviation to the forefront.”
Jim Cook, a local pilot whose Yakovlev Yak-9 will be featured at the airshow said that there will be a lot of acts that crowds will not want to miss. “The Sea Fury is going to be really exciting,” he said. “This thing is fast. It’s sick fast. It’s propeller-driven, but it’s like a 450 mph airplane.”
The Hawker Sea Fury is a British aircraft that was built in 1945 but did not see service until the Korean War. The Hawker Sea Fury at the Auburn-Opelika Airshow will be flown by Dave Peeler.