"The 2006 Indianapolis Air Show at Mt. Comfort Airport will be held Aug. 26-27 with new additions to the lineup, plus the main attraction, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. The Thunderbirds will perform solo and formation maneuvers that can reach speeds of 1,000 mph while cockpit cameras transmit live video to huge, ground-level monitors, providing the pilot’s perspective on the action. The team now has a distinctive first-timer flying with them, Capt. Nicole “Fifi” Malachowski, the first female demonstration pilot in the history of the high-performance jet team.

Other highlights of the show include U.S. Air Force Air Combat Command A-10 Demo, U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight, U.S. Navy Legacy Flight, U.S. Navy F-18 demonstration, U.S. Army Golden Knight Parachute Demonstration Team, UH-60 Black Hawk demonstration, Trader Wheels & Deals Car Show, Big Rig Cruise-In, Space Camp, RC Planes & Ultra Lights, Red Baron Pizza Squadron, NASA, Living History Military Encampment, hot air balloons, a golf classic (Aug. 24) and much more.

NASA astronaut David Wolf, an Indianapolis native and Purdue University graduate, will take part in the Thunderbird symposium on Friday. Wolf has conducted four space walks utilizing both the American and Russian space suits, and he has logged over 2,000 hours of flight time.

For more information and directions, go to www.indyairshow.com or call 317-335-7252. Advance tickets can be purchased through the Web site or at Marsh Supermarkets and O’Malia’s Food Markets. All proceeds from the event will go to Riley’s Children’s Hospital.

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