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Take to the skies at the 3rd Annual Rose City Airfest


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In celebration of America and to benefit East Texas Veterans, CampV is pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Rose City Airfest!

Get ready to soar into the skies with excitement as the 3rd Annual Rose City Airfest takes flight on Friday, June 30, 2023, at Tyler Pounds Regional Airport!

This thrilling event is brought to you by CampV, in celebration of America and to benefit East Texas Veterans.

With a jam-packed lineup of thrilling aerial displays and live music, the Rose City Airfest will be an unforgettable experience for the entire family.

Purchase your tickets online by clicking here.

Schedule of Events for June 30th

  • 2:00 PM – Parking open
  • 3:00 PM – Gates open
  • 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM – Aircraft exhibit
  • 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Girl Named Tom
  • 6:00 PM – Airshow

During the aircraft exhibit, you can have a close-up look at some of the most impressive aircraft, from historic aircraft to demo & aerobatic teams along with the chance to see group displays and get up close to many of the planes.

If you want to take to the skies yourself, you can purchase a ticket to ride over East Texas and truly get an up-close experience with the aircraft.

Check out the full lineup of aircraft and purchase tickets to ride in the sky here!

Adding to the excitement of the event, this year’s Rose City Airfest will also feature a live concert by “The Voice” winners, A Girl Named Tom. The trio will take the stage from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM, getting you and the whole family excited before the sky comes to life! You can learn more about A Girl Named Tom right here.

Tickets for the Rose City Airfest are available for purchase online, with special early bird pricing of $35 for general admission tickets. Children’s general admission tickets are available for just $5, but if they are 5 & under it is free. On the day of the event, tickets will be $40 for adults. It’s a fantastic value for a day of thrilling entertainment while supporting CampV!

An Experience Like No Other – Living History Flight Experience

Strapping in, donning your headset, you realize this is nothing like a flight on an airliner. You’ve been briefed on what to expect, there may be some smoke in the plane on start up(!?), you can hear the pilots go through their before-start checklist.

An engine starts turning – the pilot waits for “9 blades” to rotate by – and then the engine comes to life. The procedure is repeated on the other side. This is getting real.

‘Selfie’ in the prop spinner?

After the “runup” – checking all the aircraft systems for proper operation – you taxi out to the runway and position for takeoff. And then your definition of loud gets reset as both engines are set to takeoff power and you sink into your seat – this old dog still has some muscle – and you are soon airborne.

Cue the grins and maybe some goosebumps.

Soon after you are airborne, the crew will signal you can unbuckle your seat belts and are ‘free to move about the cabin’. Looking out the front window and to the side at that huge spinning propeller – you can’t help but wonder what it was like for our veterans who flew these planes and others like them.

Take aim at imaginary bad guys

In the back, at the waist gun positions, or the tail gun position, imagine what it must have been like defending your airplane from enemy aircraft.

Of course you can’t know what it was really like but you’ll have a much greater appreciation of the working conditions and sacrifices made by our veterans to defend our country and freedoms.

No matter how long the flight, it’ll be over before you are ready so be sure to keep moving and get a look out of each of the big windows. Or feel free to stay seated and just enjoy the ride.

The crew will signal when it’s time to find a seat and buckle up for landing. After landing and taxi back it will be time to leave the airplane. Your feet will be back on the ground but your spirit will still be up in the air. You’ve just completed a Living History Flight Experience on the Devil Dog – an experience like no other.

Rose City Airfest: Jun 30 – 01, 23

Flight times not set for this event, you will be contacted when times are set.