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A spectacle in the sky: Jets Over Kentucky week scheduled in July at Lebanon-Springfield Airport

The world’s grandest jet event rolls, loops and spins its way over the skies of Lebanon in July when the 14th annual Jets Over Kentucky week gets underway.

Scheduled for July 8-15 at the Lebanon-Springfield Airport, the largest remote control jet show on the planet features nearly 200 pilots from around the world, an aerobatic jet show, private plane tent tours and more.

Casual fans and remote control jet enthusiasts alike will recognize many of the planes at this year’s Jets Over Kentucky: F-15s, F-4 Phantoms, B-1 Bomber, A10, F-18 Super Hornet, BAE Hawk, F-100, Stealth Fighter Jet — even an SR-71 spy plane that is more than 13 feet long and valued at $100,000. New to this year’s show are two 14 foot long F-104 Star Fighters and a scale F-100 Super Sabre.

Opening ceremonies take place at noon on July 14, followed by the Fighter Jet Showdown, a full-scale aerobatic jet show including high-speed passes, 9G turns and simulated bomb runs.

On Friday and Saturday, look-but-don’t-touch tours of the private plane tents will be offered by some of the pilots. Visitors will see planes ranging in price from $20,000 to $100,000.

The Parade of Lights takes place Friday evening, a unique spectacle in which the jets turn on their lights and travel in parade formation down the tarmac. A half-hour fireworks display follows the parade.

“Jets Over Kentucky is a family event where everyone comes to have a great time,” said Lewis Patton, Jets coordinator.

Throughout the week, spectators are invited to watch the pilots practice and perform their warm-up routines. Pilots from the United States, Mexico, Asia, Iceland, Canada, Venezuela, Germany, Spain and other European countries are coming to this year’s event.

Merchandise vendors from the U.S. will again be joined by international vendors from England, Germany and Spain to tempt remote control jet enthusiasts with some of the newest inventions, model jet kits and technology for remote control planes. Food vendors will also be at the event.

14th Annual Jets Over Kentucky
Festival website: www.JetsOverKentucky.com

Date: Sat., July 14: Opening Ceremonies at 12 p.m. Gates open at 8 a.m. Fri. and Sat.
Parade of Lights, approx. 9:30 p.m. Fri., July 13, followed by Fireworks Display
Private plane tent tours, on the hour noon until dark, Fri. and Sat.
Fighter Jet Showdown, Sport Jet Challenge Apache Demo on Saturday
Spectators welcome during the week, beginning July 8.

Place: Lebanon-Springfield Airport, 650 Airport Lane, Springfield, Ky. 40069.

Cost: Friday and Saturday admission is $5 per person; children under 12 free. Proceeds go to the airport. No admission July 8-13 to watch pilot practice.

Note: Bring a lawn chair and an umbrella for shade.

From Jets Over Kentucky

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